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The International Reading Association is pleased to present this inaugural cross-journal virtual issue, encompassing selected articles on the topic of comprehension from Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, and the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. The following articles have been carefully selected for their potential interest and impact on literacy scholarship and practice.

Comprehension: An IRA Cross-Journal Virtual Issue
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Reading Research Quarterly (RRQ)
Articles selected by Editors Ian Wilkinson and David Bloome (Vols. 43–47, January 2008–December 2012)

Comprehension Strategy Instruction in Core Reading Programs
Peter Dewitz, Jennifer Jones, and Susan Leahy

Rethinking Reading Comprehension Instruction: A Comparison of Instruction for Strategies and Content Approaches
Margaret G. McKeown, Isabel L. Beck, and Ronette G.K. Blake

Using Semantic Ambiguity Instruction to Improve Third Graders' Metalinguistic Awareness and Reading Comprehension: An Experimental Study
Marcy Zipke, Linnea C. Ehri, and Helen Smith Cairns

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The Reading Teacher (RT)
Articles selected by Editors Diane Barone and Marla Mallette (Vols. 65–68, September 2011–May 2015)

Coconstructing Meaning: Interactive Literary Discussions in Kindergarten Read-Alouds
Jessica L. Hoffman

Comprehension Strategies for Reading Historical Fiction Picturebooks
Suzette Youngs and Frank Serafini

Reading Pictures: Developing Visual Literacy for Greater Comprehension
Kathleen Ellen O'Neil

Using Higher Order Questioning to Accelerate Students’ Growth in Reading
Debra S. Peterson and Barbara M. Taylor

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Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (JAAL)
Articles selected by Editor Tom Bean and Associate Editor Judith Dunkerly (Vols. 52–55, September 2008–May 2012)

Aboriginal Students Engaging and Struggling With Critical Multiliteracies
Fatima Pirbhai-Illich

How Popular Culture Texts Inform and Shape Students’ Discussions of Social Studies Texts
Leigh A. Hall

Meeting AYP in a High-Need School: A Formative Experiment
Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp

Under the Big Top: Using the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944 to Teach Literacy Strategies to Connecticut's Content Area Teachers
M. Lynn Morse

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