In the second installment of our comprehension and critical thinking mini-series, I want to discuss recognizing the difference between comprehension and critical thinking.

I don’t know about you, I’ve often used these terms interchangeably when really, they’re two very, very different things. How are they different?

  • Comprehension is when the reader can ask themselves, ‘Do I understand what I’m reading?’
  • Critical thinking is the reader asking themselves, ‘Do I believe, or should I believe what I am reading? 

It is crucial for kids to use comprehension as a tool for critical thinking, and that is something that we can teach!  

It is absolutely essential to focus on teaching the comprehension skills of how to summarize and analyze so that your kids can begin to think critically about text. 

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