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Post-story Comprehension Discussion

3️⃣ The third phase in literacy-based therapy is the post-story comprehension discussion.

⭐️ The goal of this task is to help students understand the story and concepts presented in it, rather than testing them or looking for a certain number of correct answers.

After reading the story, the SLP should guide their student’s in a discussion by asking comprehension questions.

Comprehension questions may be literal or inferential, and/or they may focus on story grammar:

  • Who are the most important characters in the story?

  • What do we know about the characters? Describe them.

  • Where were the characters?

  • What did the characters do? Why?

  • What was the problem?

  • How did the characters solve the problem?

  • What was the story about?

Similar to previous tasks, the SLP should respond to students’ utterances with language stimulation techniques.

If the student does not know the answer, the SLP should scaffold using additional questions with cues and/or prompts.

The SLP may want to return to the book to

  • Reread sections or pages

  • Look for answers

  • Provide a visual cue


Ukrainetz, T. A. (2006). Contextualized Language Intervention: Scaffolding Prek-12 Literacy Achievement (1st ed.). Pro Ed.

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