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Literacy for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

Strategy 5: Implement comprehension strategies after reading

  1. Check for student text comprehension through the use of symbols (object, tactile, photo, line drawing representation) or words (sign, print, braille)
    • Single concepts/characters, actions
    • Sequence of events
    • Story retelling
  2. Use various strategies to determine story comprehension of single concepts, sequence of story, or story retelling
    • Cloze procedure: Use sentence strips with object, tactile, photo, line drawing representation or words (sign, print, braille) for answers
      • A cloze test (also cloze deletion test) is an exercise, test, or assessment consisting of a portion of text with certain words removed (cloze text).
    • Story mapping or visual mapping
  3. Provide choices of answers using symbols understood by student - (object, tactile, photo, line drawing representation) or words (sign, print, braille)
    • to participate throughout comprehension activities
    • to expand the student's answers, to provide more complex answers and to expand participation to more complete comprehension activities
first, next, last diagram

Things to Consider

  • Are you using symbols demonstrated through an assessment process as being understood by the student?
  • Have you identified the key comprehension questions that you want the student to answer after reading the story?
  • Are you allowing enough time for the student to respond?
  • Are you taking into consideration issues such as clutter, contrast, etc. when presenting literacy materials?

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