Links for More Information

Building Vocabulary

  1. This West Virginia Department of Education web site lists and describes strategies to help students build their vocabulary and comprehension:
    http://wvde.state.wv.us/strategybank/VocabularyStrategies.html
  2. Video vignettes by the Virginia Department of Education illustrate strategies for building reading vocabulary in the elementary grades: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/english/elementary/reading/reading_vocabulary_strategies.shtml
  3. This chapter on vocabulary building strategies identifies strategies that don’t work and describes in detail strategies that do work:
    http://www.phschool.com/eteach/language_arts/2002_03/essay.html

Making Inferences

  1. Materials for giving students practice in making inferences are on this web site:
    http://www.fcrr.org/studentactivities/c_028c.pdf
  2. This article gives advice on how to write reading comprehension questions:
    http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/rfl/April2005/day/day.html

Text Features

  1. This web site offers elementary-grade level examples of nonfiction text features:
    http://www.azed.gov/english-language-learners/files/2014/03/examples-of-text-features.pdf
  2. This web site gives examples of activities that help students identify text features of fiction and nonfiction writing:
    http://blog.wsd.net/ebonnemort/files/2012/02/Introducing-Nonfiction.pdf