Content Area Addressed: Reading Comprehension Strategy: Concept Mapping: Improving the Reading Comprehension of Science Texts Appropriate Grade Level: 6-12 Procedures/Steps: *On the overhead or projector, show various examples of different concept map layouts. *Explain to your students what a concept map is and how it can be used (for example, it can be used during readings and/or used as an outline). Don’t forget to explain the process of each concept map. *After the students know how to use a concept map, practice as a whole class while you read during science or social studies. Go through each step so the students understand exactly how a concept map can be created while you read. *During the next lesson students will create a concept map on their own. This Will give them the power to be creative and adjust the concept map the way they learn best. Comments and/or tips: *Concept maps are a great tool to help students study. They also allow students the opportunity to express themselves. *Concept maps are used to help students understand text structures and to improve reading comprehension. *Remember all concept maps are different, however they must flow in a way that makes sense when being read. Providing templates or examples will help students use appropriate models. *Keep extra copies of concept maps in a special folder so students can use them anytime while they read. Source: Oliver, K. (2009). An investigation of concept mapping to improve the reading comprehension of science texts. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 18(5), 402-414.