Six Skills Every Reader Needs



Watch on-demand until June 1, 2023

Readers more easily comprehend nonfiction texts when they have the knowledge and know-how to execute six essential skills.

But to apply these skills independently, students need explicit instruction that goes beyond a read aloud.

During this free, 90-minute virtual workshop, author and educator Kristina Smekens identified the six skills every reader needs in order to comprehend informational text. But beyond simply naming the proficiencies, Kristina also shared practical, ready-to-use strategies so you can begin teaching these crucial skills right away.

Whether you work with early learners, strugglers, or career-ready high achievers, the skills required for comprehending nonfiction text are universal. These same skills apply to simple or complex text read across all grade levels.

Within this engaging professional learning session, you will acquire a scaffold of lesson ideas per skill that can be implemented at any grade level.

Continuing Education Credit

Educators will receive a completion certificate for 90 minutes of continuing education after attending the live virtual session or viewing the recording.

Illinois educators can earn state-approved PD credit from the IL ASCD for attending live or viewing the recording by May 15, 2023.

Kristina Smekens

About the presenter

As President & Lead Consultant for Smekens Education, Kristina Smekens has built a reputation for using enthusiasm, humor, and common sense to equip K-12 educators with practical, demystifying strategies for teaching reading and writing.