Dr. Kristen Lawson, Dr. Margaret Mbindyo
Higher Education, Reading Foundation Skills, Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Lecture
High School, Community College / Lower Division
  • College Success
  • Freshmen Seminar
  • Reading Activity
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading Strategies
  • Student Success
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    Improving Your Reading Comprehension in College Courses

    Improving Your Reading Comprehension in College Courses


    This resource provides a guided PowerPoint presentation and a guided activity for students to complete during class. Additional resources are provided.

    Lesson Plan

    Lesson Goal:

    The goal of this lesson is to provide instruction along with practical application, so college students can increase their reading proficiencies and meet college reading demands.

    Learning Objectives:

    • To understand how we process information

    • To understand the different types of reading and appropriate strategies

    • To utilize effective reading strategies

    • To utilize metacognition while reading

    • To take efficient and effective notes on reading material

    • To annotate effectively to comprehension reading materials

    Materials Needed:

    Pen and paper/notebook for taking notes and practice.

    Review PowerPoint:

    The PowerPoint has a brief guide to assist in presentation.


    Have the students read and take notes Why Children Fail. Allow students roughly five minutes to complete the activity but explain that you will be testing them on their notes, and they will NOT be able to look at the article again. See noted questions and prompts for discussion on annotated copy of Why Children Fail.

    Additional Resources:

    Active Reading: