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An Exploration of Instructional Practices that Foster Language Development and Comprehension: Evidence from Prekindergarten through Grade 3 in Title I Schools
The practices most consistently related to student growth include:
- Engaging students in defining new words during or after reading a text
- Helping students make connections between their prior knowledge and the texts they read• Promoting higher-order thinking by asking questions that require students to analyze information, explain their thinking, and develop new ideas
- Focusing students’ attention on the meaning of a text before reading it, such as by introducing the topic and encouraging predictions