Comprehension involves constructing meaning that is reasonable and accurate by connecting what has been read to what the reader already knows and thinking about all of this information until it is understood. Comprehension is the final goal of reading instruction. While fluent decoding is an essential component of skilled reading, (Block & Pressley, 2002) it should be considered a prerequisite to strong comprehension rather than an end in itself.


Instructional resources (sources of leveled stories, articles, poetry)

Professional development

Comprehension Strategies


Library resources

Each book below is available from our T/TAC lending library

  • Hennessy, N. L. (2021). The comprehension blueprint: Helping students make meaning from text. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.
  • McGregor, T. (2007).  Comprehension connections: Bridges to strategic reading. Heinemann.
  • Harvey, S. & Goudvis, A. (2000).   Strategies that work: Teaching comprehension to enhance understanding. Stenhouse Publisher.
  • Archer, A. (2011). Explicit Instruction. Guilford Press.