Why is it important?

Comprehension is important because it encompasses the purpose of reading. McKenna and Stall suggest that “comprehension could be called the “bottom line” of reading” (McKenna & Stahl, 2009, p. 160). Reading comprehension allows the reader to not only understand the author’s purpose of the text, but also enables the reader to make predictions, ask questions, relate to background knowledge and extract new material from the text. If a reader is not extracting and constructing meaning from a text, then the purpose of reading is no longer prevalent.