Many students are not able to relate to a text when they are reading. They feel like they are just forced to read something that has nothing to do with them. One of the best things you can do to help a struggling reader increase reading comprehension (and why he or she is reading it), is help them to relate to a text. Good readers always do this without thinking about it, but it is a skill that can be easily learned.
It takes time and effort to increase reading comprehension. First, pick a text to read with your child. It should be age
appropriate and interesting to the child. If your child is not a
reader, pick something that is similar to the child's favorite
television show or movie. Check your local book store or favorite book
selling website. Many popular children's television shows and movies
sometimes have books written to tell other stories with the
you have found a book that will work, read it with your child and help
them to look for connections to
the text so they can practice activating prior knowledge. When good
readers read a book, they often find things in the
book that will remind them of their own experiences or experiences of
others. For example, if you are reading one of the Harry Potter books,
you may find yourself remembering how difficult fitting in at
school was when you were a child. Making these kind of connections help
the reader to understand the book and empathize with the characters, which will then increase reading comprehension.
They begin to see themselves in the book and relate to the story.
lot of times students immediately say that the book doesn't remind them
of anything in their lives. Do not settle for that kind of answer!
They do not need to find deep and meaningful connections at first. The
first ones can be very surface level just to practice. If the only
connection your son can find with Harry Potter is that they are both
boys, then go with it. Deeper, more thematic connections will come
with time and practice as they increase reading comprehension and improve reading speed.
Making a connection with a book
is a learned skill for struggling readers. Start slowly. First read
books that will be easy to connect with, and then move on to more
difficult books that will be interesting and more difficult to read.
Over time, the child will find it easier and easier to make connections
with a text they must read. Then, instead of seeing words on a page
that make no sense, they will begin to see characters and stories that
they can relate to and remember.