Imagine your employer has just handed you an important document to read and tells you he expects a summary of the material on his desk by tomorrow. You take a look and see it is written in a language totally foreign to you. After your initial confusion, you may try to make some sense importance of reading to children essay it and scan the document. You wouldn’t have any idea what the words you just read actually meant.
Obviously, this is an extreme example but sadly, classrooms across the nation are interspersed with students who experience the same type of frustration every day. Without comprehension, reading is simply following words on a page from left to right while sounding them out. The words on the page have no meaning. That’s why reading comprehension skills are so important. Without them the reader cannot gather any information and use it to efficiently function and enjoy the richness of life. Reading is a multifaceted process that develops only with practice.
These basics must be mastered but at the same time reading comprehension should be emphasized in the process. Students can parrot words on a page all day long but if they don’t have the necessary comprehension skills they will not be able to make predictions about what will happen next, monitor their understanding of content, sequence or characters, clarify confusing parts of the text, or connect what they’re reading to their own experience or prior knowledge. And that is what true comprehension is all about. The term basically describes reading and writing skills that make it very difficult to manage daily living and work in an environment that requires reading beyond the most elementary level. People with such skills may not be purely illiterate, meaning they can read and write in some capacity, but their reading comprehension level is so low they can’t manage the every day aspects of life.