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An Explanation of Reading Comprehension

Posted on Friday, September 30, 2011 in Education

Reading comprehension is a measurement of how well an individual understands written information.  Reading comprehension is a major focus in the academic system, often even before kindergarten.  Understanding material that is written is necessary for learning in every academic subject.  This is why it is stressed at such an early age.


Many times, young children are read to aloud and then asked questions by the teacher to measure reading comprehension.  It may start out with just a simple short book and be followed with simple short questions.  Reading comprehension varies depending upon the age and ability of the reader, or in the case mentioned above, the listener. 


Grade school children are often times tested on a weekly basis for their reading comprehension.  They may spend a week reading a reviewing a short story and going over new vocabulary.  At the end of the week, the students will receive a written test with questions about their knowledge of what occurred during the story.  This is to test their reading comprehension. 


As children grow older, the test material becomes more complex.  The test questions will also increase in complexity.  Once children become young adults, they’re expected to be experts at reading comprehension.  All of this teaching and testing is to prepare children for the “real world.”  Hopefully, children will one day attend college and because of the intense lessons in reading comprehension throughout life, they will be ready. 


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