Today, I'm sharing more about Rainbow Comprehension. This is my spin-off the coined term Close Reading...Text Evidence...Color-Coding. I created this before I had even heard about Close Reading.
How it works: (in a nutshell)
1. Students read a text more than once.
2. Students analyze the text for meaning.
3. The student's comprehension of the text builds through multiple readings and re-readings.
4. Students locate evidence in the text to answer questions.
A major role for teachers is to provide support, guidance and provide a minimal amount of background knowledge to the students. For example, pre-teach some vocabulary in the text or allow students to share an experience in the topic.
Teachers also locate text or develop text passages for students to read. These passages need to be age appropriate. Teachers will also ask text-dependent questions to engage the students. The students use markers, highlighters, colored-pencils, crayons, etc... to locate the evidence in the text.
Let's take a look:
Materials are gathered. In this instance, markers are being used.
Students read the passage at least 3 times. Comprehension and fluency increases with each reading. They can record their readings by circling or checking the top part of each passage.
The students are guided to locate the answer to each question. They use evidence in the text to determine the answer. Students read for meaning. Good reading is active! Students are active participants before, during and after the reading.
To help you improve your reading instruction, the bundle set is now available or you can still purchase these individually.