3.1 Simple View of Reading

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the Simple View Model of Reading
  • Describe components of the Simple View
  • Understand how the Simple View of Reading provides the foundation for assessment and instruction


Watch the session below.

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • The Simple View of Reading proposes that reading comprehension is a function of word-level reading and language comprehension
  • Word-level reading and language comprehension are in turn based upon multiple sub-skills
  • Understanding the components of reading can lead to better assessments, instruction and intervention

Reflect & Connect

What are some ways that the Simple View of Reading might influence the way you approach reading with students?