From my new blog

Literacy and Me

How many times, as a teacher, have I heard a parent complain, “My student reads quite well; however, he never comprehends or retains what he read”? For many years in public schools, teachers broke down comprehension into its component parts and gave students a worksheet on that individual skill, isolating it from other skills or even from the paragraph/story they’d read. At least in our school district, AISD, the trend is away from pointless exercises like the aforementioned, which often cause students to hate reading. It is my feeling that we need to measure comprehension in a story or an article in a “gulp,” not individual “sips.”

One method I used back in the 80’s when I taught sixth grade language arts in an elementary school setting was to give a five question “quiz,” sometimes in written form, sometimes orally. Here is a breakdown of the five questions covered:

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.


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