Teaching Students to Comprehend More Deeply, Grades 3-5

Online Course

Course Objective/Goals

This course demonstrates strategies that are ideally suited to students in grades 3-5. Lessons include how to: use a range of texts to teach students to read for greater understanding, strengthen students' use of author's craft and text structure to increase their comprehension, and enhance students' ability to draw evidence from text and explain it orally and in writing.

This training program contains highly effective strategies and techniques that you can easily implement in their own reading instruction to help students meet or exceed Common Core standards for reading in grades 3-5.

You will learn how to:

  • Use a variety of texts, including passages from challenging grade-level texts to engage students in reading closely for greatest understanding
  • Implement strategic questions and tasks to strengthen students’ comprehension
  • Maximize the power of whole class, small-group, paired conversations and individual instruction to actively engage students in reading, discussing and responding to text

Watch an excerpt from this course:

How This On Demand Course Works

Optional Graduate Credit

EDDU 9168


"This was a well done course. I like the fact that it moves at a quick pace and does not repeat and repeat ad nauseam, like some online courses. I greatly appreciate that all the documents / teaching materials shown in the videos are provided."
              – M. Fecteau

"The videos were a great visual for what the text was stating. It was good to see the lessons in practice and the discussions in real life going on. Videos add a wonderful opportunity for teachers to see what the overall topic is in action."
              – H. Smith

"I really valued this course and as a full time working mother of two young boys, I really enjoyed the convenience of taking this online course. All of the content pertained to me and I will be implementing many strategies in my classroom immediately."
              – J. Thompson

"I appreciate the opportunity to see a teacher putting these strategies in practice with actual students in a classroom setting! It's rare to be able to see that during any kind of course work. Thank you!"
              – M. Marchalonis

"I liked how the video clips succinctly described what to do and showed each element "in action" in the classroom. The accompanying printable resources were perfect. This course allowed for plenty of reflection and the action plan was extremely helpful. "
              – J. White

"I love this option! Being able to fit the course into my schedule and the flexibility of completing it whether I am at the computer at home, at school, or even on the deck, makes it very worthwhile! "
              – N. Notermann


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