Reading Comprehension for 6th Grade Students: Homework Help

When you have a reading homework assignment, you typically want to make sure you do a good job and get a good grade. So, some tips have been provided below to help you accomplish that goal. Keep reading to learn more.

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6th Grade Reading Homework Help

Find a Quiet Place

Reading to comprehend is already a challenge, so you don't want to have unwanted distractions, which can lead to confusion and frustration. When you limit or avoid noises and other distractions, you'll typically find it easier to give your full attention to the reading assignment, making it easier for you to understand the information.

Preview the Material

Before you dive into the reading assignment, take a moment to preview the material. Many times, the author will provide items such as pictures, captions (words under a picture) and headlines that give you a good idea of what the short story, article or novel will be about. When you review these items and make predictions, you'll be more prepared because you'll know what to expect. Similarly, if your teacher has provided after-reading questions, review them before you read so you'll know what to look for.

Slow Down

For most of the reading work you'll do at home, you'll be reading to comprehend the information. This is different than reading for entertainment or enjoyment, which can typically be done quickly. However, when you're trying to understand what you're reading, you'll need to slow down. Slowing down gives your brain the opportunity to properly process all the information it's receiving and make meaning out of it.

Read Actively

If you read too quickly, you might miss important parts of the story. Taking notes can help you pace yourself and double-check your comprehension. As a 6th grader, you'll likely be expected to use evidence from the text to support your claims; so, if you write down main events and quotes from the text as you read, you'll be even more prepared when you have to write a paper or take a test.

While you read, track the plot of the story. Think about how the characters have changed since the beginning and what the main theme is. Actively thinking about the story while you read will increase your concentration and help you become a more engaged reader.

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