As texts in school become more complex, language comprehension abilities become more central to the reading process. Identified in Scarborough’s (2001) seminal review are some critical dimensions of verbal comprehension like background knowledge, vocabulary, sentence-processing skills, verbal reasoning, and knowledge of print conventions. The simple view of reading can help us identify skills we need to focus on with our students, but we need to understand that the subskills that students use in each discipline will vary, and we need to vary our instructional support. Based on work in our book Adolescent Literacy in the Era of the Common Core, we have developed a framework for working with content area experts to support complex reasoning and deep learning from texts in their content area. Learn more about our online hybrid courses here.