Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 Lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy, Grades 3-5
April 2010, Jossey-Bass
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.
About This Book v
About the Author vi
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
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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