This is one big-headache area! It is very hard to teach, I tried using newspapers, it helped a little, especially if you put similar stories together, like all accident type together, all health type..but the improvement is not that drastic..I think this component, the children must read and read and read!
Agree with you...very tough to 'teach' this component of English but yet still have to find a way to handle it...Comprehension cloze (fill in the blanks) is 15 marks !!!
Sometimes it can be so tough to think of a suitable word but I tell my son to read and read that sentence again to see if there might be any clue along the way.
If not, just have to make do with whatever he can think of. Just like last night, I was just going through a cloze with him on NETS.
At upper pri level the clues may not be in the same sentence, they could be in the previous sentence or the next one. There are times when the clue is in another paragraph altogether.
I do not know how your child is doing in this area, my DS was getting around 8-9 out of 15. Now with westmom's tips he is able to get
It can be very stressfull if you aim for a perfect score.