In 7th grade, reading comprehension tests are usually administered in order to determine if students comprehend the materials being presented to them. While comprehension is indeed an important component of reading, not all students will score high on this test. In order to improve your reading comprehension scores, you must practice the necessary skills. In this article, I present some reading comprehension worksheets for you to peruse and implement into your own reading practice routine.
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
The most elementary reading comprehension worksheets all have a very basic, literal sense. They usually just ask you to read the word or phrase and attempt to associate it with the English meaning. Most students find this type of reading comprehension worksheet extremely easy. It only takes them a few minutes to complete. Although you might not think so at first glance, this type of reading comprehension test is the very first thing most teachers try to get their students to achieve in the very beginning of their lessons.
Some students may find these reading comprehension worksheets a little bit more challenging. These worksheets usually ask you to read various phrases and words, and then translate the word or phrase into English. This requires some interpretation skills, as you need to know what the writer meant in order to correctly interpret his writing. Although it is fairly simple to translate a phrase into English, comprehending what the writer meant can be quite difficult. This is why most teachers encourage their students to do much more than just translate phrases and words into their native tongue.
Students who excel at reading comprehension tend to exhibit a certain way of reading that is called “scanning.” With this kind of reading comprehension, students scan the text with their eyes rather than their ears. When they see a familiar term or word, they can quickly scan the words in the passage in order to have a better understanding of what is being said. Students who are unable to read quickly will often stop reading when they encounter a word or phrase they are not familiar with. They will then lose the opportunity to develop their reading comprehension skills. If you want your student to be able to read effectively, you must help them develop a good scanning habit.
Another key to helping your child develop reading comprehension skills is to keep the reading session short. If a child stops reading for just a few minutes, he or she is not likely to retain the information they have read. Reading should be kept as brief as possible, because students tend to lose interest after a while. One of the easiest ways to help students retain the information they read is to make sure they are reading in groups of two or more words at a time. Reading in groups of two or more words helps students to focus on each word as they read, making it easier for them to remember what they have read.
You should also give students plenty of time to complete the worksheets. Without proper breaks, a child cannot absorb the information contained within them very easily. A fifteen minute break is usually enough, but you should allow the reading comprehension worksheets to be completed in forty-five minutes, followed by another fifteen minute break. Even fifteen to twenty minutes of reading comprehension exercises can help a student develop good reading comprehension skills.