Silent reading is preferred by most dyslexic students, but if comprehension isn’t checked, reading difficulties won’t be discovered.
If you’re a parent reading with your child, then narration or asking your student to paraphrase back what has been happening a story may be a good regular practice. Don’t do this all the time because it might interfere with progress in the story – but every now and then, and some uncertainties or mistakes might surprise you. If you’re just getting started with narration, using very short reading passages such as Aesop’s Fables is a good way to start.
For leveled reading passages (a good way to also measure progress) check out these resources:
- ReadWorks.org Read Works is a non-profit that provides over 2000 leveled reading passages with short tests to check comprehension. Content areas include science, social studies, original fiction, and reporting. It is aligned with Common Core standards. The site requires email registration for access to materials that can be downloaded and printed at home. Super resource!
- SuperTeacherWorksheets.com Super Teacher Worksheets is a commercial site, but it also has many free worksheet resources including Grade 1-5 reading comprehension worksheets. The reading passages seem to be fairly high interest (like ReadWorks.org), including lots of passages on animals.
3. 13 Reading Comprehension Activities Without Handwriting Marianne Sunderland’s Homeschooling with Dyslexia has some nice ideas how to check reading comprehension without requiring handwriting. Here are Marianne’s 13 tips.
Preview of the first 5:
“1. Make a picture of 2-3 characters in the story. Cut them out. Brainstorm a list of each character’s traits and write them on the back of each cut out.
2. Make a time-line of events either in pictorial or in written form.
3. Pretend you’re a news reporter and provide an oral broadcast of the story.
4. Use puppets to help you re-tell the story.
5. Make a comic strip of the story.”