Synthesizing to Build Reading Comprehension. Jeremy Sallow REED 663 Dr. Pitcher Fall 2010. Synthesizing for Comprehension.
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“Synthesizing is the process whereby a student merges new information with prior knowledge to form a new idea, perspective, or opinion to generate insight” (Bumgarner, 2010, p. 1).
Synthesizing while reading allows students to form a deeper understanding of text. It also creates an increased ability to comprehend and form new ideas. When students are able to connect multiple texts or prior knowledge, a deeper meaning is gained.
Most of the curriculums we are given include low level thinking activities or questions as the students are expected to show comprehension of the skills and concepts. Unfortunately, this is not enough for our students. Synthesis is a necessary skill that involves higher level thinking, and our students must be taught how to think at a higher level just as we teach them how to comprehend. This lesson is a great combination of lower level and higher level thinking as students must summarize the text while incorporating their own opinions and prior knowledge. Through this lesson students will be able to see that they must be active readers who think about the text rather than innocent bystanders who just take in the information. We must do this type of lesson more often as we must show our students that we value their ideas, prior knowledge, and connections.
1.) Relating the text to how the students feel is great since we often ask them to regurgitate their reading rather than interacting and relating to it. Synthesizing allows for personal connections which often go deeper than just retelling a beginning, middle and end. 2.) I like how you chose a book in the teacher guided practice that was similar to the instruction piece since it was easy for the children to remember certain things from the previous worksheets on race differences. It also is a hidden curriculum piece in regards racism and tolerance, and since we have a diverse school population, the children can definitely make personal meaningful connections.3.) Having the students choose their own book that interests them to create a synthesis is crucial to meaningful, personal connections. When the students get to choose, it not only empowers them as learners, but they can make those connections and relationships easily throughout text to self, text to world and even text to text (if their interests span a variety of those types of books).JessMrs. Rouchard-VollmerJ. Rouchard-Vollmer5th Grade,Timber Grove Elementaryhttp://teachers.bcps.org/teachers_elem/jrouchard/