Brown: Chapter 16 Questions
What is schema theory? Describe the difference between formal and content schemata and the need for it in comprehension.
Reader brings information, knowledge,
emotion, experience, and culture to
the printed word (p.284)
Knowledge of a certain area of
study or content.
Knowledge of texts and genres
Without it, meaning cannot be
appropriately or successfully reached.
List the strategies for reading comprehension.
• Identifying purpose of reading
• Semantic mapping or clustering
• Vocabulary analysis
• Distinguish between literal and implied meanings
• Use discourse markers
(See Brown p. 292 -296)
What is interactive reading teaching?
Combining instruction in reading skills
such as decoding, vocabulary with
predicting, inferring skills (top-down
skill). This has been proven to be the
best way to teach reading. Both skills
are crucial to good reading.
What are some characteristics of written language?
• Processing time
• More vocabulary
• More formal
What is the difference between skimming and scanning?
to get the general idea and to
predict main topic
to get specific information
What is semantic mapping, and what is its value?
What is the difference between simple and simplified texts?
authentic language samples either
from real-life sources or devised
sources; grammatically and lexically
simple; ex: menus, ads, labels, etc.
that have been altered to match
students' reading levels; may not be
needed and may not be better for
students because of the availability
of simple texts
What is the danger of using "simplified texts"?
may be stripped of the original nature,
redundancy, humor, wit, and other
captivating features (299)
What is LEA?
language experience approach:
students' self-generation of reading
material; instead of being handed some
standard textbook, they create their own
What is the key to successful guessing and how can teachers help their students in this area?
make it reasonable accurate; encourage
students to use effective compensation
strategies in which they fill gaps in
their competence by intelligent attempts
to use whatever clues are available to
In evaluation, what are some overt responses that a teacher may elicit in order to check comprehension?
reader may respond physically to a
command, select from posed alternatives,
may orally summarize what has been
read, may answer written or oral
questions, may outline a passage or
take notes, may provide an original
ending to a story, may translate the
passage into the native language or
copy it, may assemble a tag after
reading instructions, may engage in a
conversation requiring use of
information in the passage, etc. (300)
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Dr. Lynn E. Henrichsen
Department of Linguistics
Brigham Young University
Last Updated: Saturday, January 24, 1998