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Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 Lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy, Grades 3-5

ISBN: 978-0-470-39992-7
480 pages
April 2010, Jossey-Bass
Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 Lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy, Grades 3-5 (0470399929) cover image

An effective resource for improving young students' comprehension skills

With 100 high-interest reading activities, this book is designed to help students gain fundamental comprehension skills so they can succeed in reading complex and varied types of texts. Each lesson includes a brief reading selection followed by questions, multiple-choice selections, and thinking and writing activities. The activities, all on reproducible worksheets, can be used to give individual students or groups extra practice, or as supplemental skill-building and test-prep activities for the full class.

  • Activities are grouped within seven units, each focusing on an important aspect of comprehension
  • Units increase in difficulty level so that students gain proficiency as they work through the material
  • High-interest themes include stories about robots, animal helpers, space, and famous people
  • Offers activities that build the advanced cognitive skills called for in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)

Each lesson includes a teacher section with guidance on how to introduce the activities to students and support them in their reading practices.

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About This Book v

About the Author vi

Introduction 1

Unit 1 Finding Main Ideas, Identifying Supporting Details, and Visualizing

Theme A: The Wonderful World of Animals 26

Theme B: Robots 91

Unit 2 Summarizing

Theme: Animal Helpers 114

Unit 3 Inferring, Predicting, Concluding

Theme: People Helping People 174

Unit 4 Facts and Opinions

Theme: Inventions 262

Unit 5 Comparing and Contrasting

Theme A: Confusing Animals 310

Theme B: Famous People 332

Theme C: Sleep 347

Unit 6 Review and Application

Theme A: Transportation 374

Theme B: One-Room Schoolhouses 413

Answer Key 435

References 465

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Thomas G. Gunning, a consultant and former public school teacher, is professor emeritus in the Department of Reading at Southern Connecticut State University and adjunct professor at Central Connecticut State University. He teaches a variety of courses on literacy, remedial reading, and reading diagnosis.

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