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Direct Instruction: Web-based Reading Strategies


Research shows that, along with traditional reading comprehension strategies, students use unique strategies to read the non-linear, hyperlinked structure of online texts. When reading online, students must infer which hyperlink may be relevant to read, make connections within and between linked texts, and interpret multimedia. Defining a goal prior to reading, creating a map of information when reading, and limiting the number of links to explore are strategies to help students navigate reading on the Internet.

Use It in the Classroom

  • Teachers can model through think-alouds how they use online reading strategies. For example, teachers can talk about how to look for the most relevant information for accomplishing their reading goals and how they decide which links to click. Modeling these processes supports students' Self-regulation & Inhibition while building their Background Knowledge for how to read non-linear texts.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    Watch how WebQuest can be used to create a lesson plan that guides students through online reading. With the structure of introduction, task, process, evaluation (with rubric), and conclusion, the teacher provides clear instructions and a set of focused links for students to explore, thus holding their Attention to the task at hand while teaching them to purposefully explore the Internet.

  • Developers can include visual maps for students to fill in to track what links and sites they have visited while reading online texts, supporting their Metacognition.
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