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Direct Instruction: Web-based Reading Strategies

Overview

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 and questions 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. Helping students practice specific skills such as reading laterally between different links to check for information and evaluate sources builds their Critical Literacy. Including skills for web-based reading, like highlighting and summarizing information from these sources or studying graphs, charts, videos and images along with text as a part of their assignments, help them comprehend the information better, make connections between what they are reading, and prompt the Cognitive Flexibility required to read online
  • Design It into Your Product

  • 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.