The Comprehension Toolkit was developed to support students as they become proficient readers and build knowledge across the content areas. The lessons throughout this resource align with the Common Core State Standards to support educators as they teach comprehension skills, critical thinking, text response, and more.

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Comprehension Toolkit Lesson 3 Read, Write, and Talk



Read, Write, and Talk

In this lesson, students read an engaging text that leads to purposeful talk. They stop, think, and react as they read, annotating the text as they go.



Comprehension Toolkit Lesson 24 Read to Get the Gist


Read to Get the Gist

In this lesson, students learn to read for the gist and then respond with their own questions, connections, and inferences.

Comprehension Toolkit Lesson 19 Ask Questions to Read Critically


Ask Questions to Read Critically

In this lesson, students start by defining a problem in a high-interest article. They demonstrate their understanding by asking questions and discussing their thinking.