One of the hardest things to me to teach is comprehension. But taking a graphic organizer that the CHILDREN CREATE, NOT THE TEACHER can ensure deeper understanding. I read something once that said "If the teacher made the chart, and the teacher did all of the writing, and the teacher did all of the illustrating, then the teacher is doing all of the thinking." I think truer words were never spoken. I am posting a GO from the first of the year so you can see how to take a child who just learning to draw pics and use beginning sounds and make an effective graphic organizer.
Our concept board highlights our comprehension skills for a nine week period. They include class projects as well as individual assignments.