Comprehension Road Maps

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Comprehension Road Maps

by Kristina Smekens

These 36-week calendars help you teach comprehension skills through a series of mini-lessons throughout the year. Early lessons teach skills with simple text. Later in the year, lessons focus on how to apply comprehension skills to various text types. At the end of the year, students learn how to use these skills in more sophisticated and complex applications.

At the top of each Comprehension Road Map is a suggested list of target skills to teach in yearlong mini-lessons. These color-coded skills to teach in yearlong mini-lessons. These color-coded skills are plotted on the 36-week calendar to show the instructional progression from Study to Extend to Deepen. 

Customize your own yearlong road map using an editable template for FREE.

Physical copies are printed front to back on 11" x 17" sheets of heavy cardstock.

Digital versions are downloadable PDF (Acrobat) Document Files (Product Note: A download link will be sent via email after purchase. No physical products will be shipped.)


Watch this video where Smekens Education Remote Coach Bridget Longmeier explains how to use this resource in your classroom.


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Teachers are encouraged to make classroom sets of digital downloads. However, please refrain from sharing the download beyond your classroom.

Comprehension Road Maps, Digital Edition by Smekens Education Solutions, Inc. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at

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