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Main Comprehension Strategies


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Years: K to 6

13 Pages

Product Code: TEAC1728

Resource Type: Professional Readings

About this teaching resource

Are you wondering which specific strategies you can teach yours students to improve comprehension? Diane Snowball’s insight into each of the main comprehension strategies goes well beyond what we most frequently find in summaries.

Main Comprehension Strategies will help you build a deep knowledge of the purpose, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of teaching these comprehension strategies.

Main Comprehension Strategies includes:

  • Research about comprehension strategies
  • Prediction
  • Predicting using prior knowledge of texts structures and features
  • Predicting using prior knowledge of literary features
  • Predicting using prior knowledge of personal and world experiences
  • Questioning
  • Think aloud
  • Fix-up strategies
  • Text structure and features – a strategy for deeper comprehension
  • Visualising
  • Summarising


Want to count your professional reading towards professional learning hours? We know Di’s professional readings are actionable, so we’ve included a Reflections and Actions prompt sheet.

  • Diane Snowball is a Victorian educator with teaching experience that has ranged from prep through university levels over the past 50 years. Her experience includes both teaching and administrative roles in secondary and primary schools, but the majority of her time has been devoted to the provision of professional learning for teachers and those involved in all levels of school leadership, with a focus on improving students’ literacy.

Diane is a past president of the Australian Literacy Educators Association and has presented at many conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Asia and the USA. She has written several books and articles about literacy teaching and has produced many videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs demonstrating the most effective teaching practices. In 1992 Diane was invited to provide professional learning for teachers and administrators at schools across New York City and in several other parts of the US, which she did for 16 years.
Diane’s main focus these days is on ways to provide the most effective professional development for Victorian educators so that all students have the best opportunities for achieving their potential and has been assisting the Western Metropolitan Region schools to meet this goal.
Diane was a presenter on ABC TV's 'Revolution School' in 2016, and she is a key advisor to schools/governments in literacy education. See her extensive range of literacy education information on the Victorian Department for Education and Training's website at:


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