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No-Glamour® Reading Basic Comprehension
Ages: 9-14   Grades: 4-9

At-risk "tweens" and teens build success in reading comprehension when they read these age-appropriate, interesting passages presented with a slow progression of difficulty.

Outcomes

  • Improve reading comprehension
  • Answer factual questions, give the main idea, and retell/ paraphrase the information in a reading passage
  • Compare and contrast information and make predictions about information in a reading passage
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All reading passages are written at a 3.0 reading level or below.  The 256 activities are divided into four parts; each part is more difficult than the previous one.

  • Part 1 contains a simple sentence or set of sentences that the student matches to the correct picture.
  • Part 2 contains short paragraphs.  Passages at the front of the section have pictures.  The rest of the section has two passages per page without pictures.  Students answer factual questions about the information presented in the reading passages.
  • Part 3 contains longer paragraphs.  Students answer factual questions about the passage as well as another more complex question about the information in the paragraph.
  • Part 4 contains paragraphs and short stories with progressively more difficult questions.  There are four difficulty levels of questions for each reading passage:
      • answer factual questions about the passage
      • retell, give the main idea, or paraphrase the passage
      • compare and contrast information, define a word, give an antonym or synonym for a word, describe something, or categorize the information in the passage
      • make predictions or inferences about the passage or evaluate the information in the passage

Copyright © 2002

      Components
      279 pages, answer key
      • Instruction of text comprehension can help children become independent, self-regulated, thinking readers (NRP, 2000).
      • SLPs play a direct role in the development of literacy for children with communication disorders (ASHA, 2001).
      • Instruction in comprehension can help students understand, remember, and communicate with others about what they read (NIFL, 2003).
      • Teacher questioning improves students' learning from reading because it gives them a purpose for reading, focuses their attention on what they are to learn, helps them think actively as they read, encourages them to monitor their comprehension, and helps them review content and relate what they've learned to what they already know (NIFL, 2003).

      No-Glamour Reading Basic Comprehension incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.

      References

      American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). (2001). Roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists with respect to reading and writing in children and adolescents. [Position Statement]. Available from www.asha.org/policy.html

      National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). (2003). Put reading first: The research building blocks for teaching children to read. Retrieved March 10, 2009 from www.nifl.gov/nifl/publications.html

      National Reading Panel (NRP). (2000). Teaching children to read: An evidence-based assessment of the scientific research literature on reading and its implications for reading instruction-reports of the subgroups. Retrieved March 10, 2009 from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrp/upload/smallbook_pdf.pdf

      Author(s)

      Heather Koepke

      Biography

      Heather Koepke, M.A., received her B.S. in Special Education and her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri at St. Louis.  She currently teaches special education in the middle school setting for the Special School District of St. Louis.  No-Glamour Reading Basic Comprehension is her second publication with LinguiSystems.

       

      Introduction

      No Glamour Reading Basic Comprehension was written as a resource for the "at-risk" reader, aged 9 to 14.  All reading passages are written at a 3.0 reading level or below according to the Flesch-Kinkaid Reading Scale.

      It is often hard to find material that is well-suited for older students.  No-Glamour Reading Basic Comprehension offers you a wide variety of interesting reading passages for students who are reading below grade level.  The progression of difficulty allows you to begin at a basic level of reading and then move to harder passages as students' reading comprehension improves.

      The book is arranged into four parts, each part more difficult than the previous.  When possible, each passage is marked with the reading level (RL) as a quick reference and/or for charting purposes.

      • Part 1 contains a simple sentence or set of sentences that the student matches to the correct picture.
      • Part 2 contains short paragraphs.  The first 13 pages in this section include pictures to aid comprehension.  The rest of the section has two passages per page without pictures.  Students answer three factual questions based on information found within the text of the paragraph.
      • Part 3 contains longer paragraphs than in Part 2.  Students again answer three factual questions about the passage as well as a fourth, more complex question about the information in the paragraph.  The more complex questions require students to think beyond the basic information in the paragraph.
      • Part 4 contains paragraphs and short stories with progressively more difficult questions.  Level 1 questions require students to answer factual questions based on the passage.  Level 2 questions require students to retell, give the main idea, or paraphrase the information in the passage.  Level 3 questions ask students to compare and contrast information in the passage, define a word, give an antonym or synonym for a word, describe something from the passage, or categorize information from the passage.  Level 4 questions ask students to make predictions or inferences about something in the passage or to evaluate the information in the passage.

      Students' reading comprehension is a vital key to their success in the classroom.  It is my hope that No-Glamour Reading Basic Comprehension gives you the progression of difficulty of reading passages and the variety of reading passages that you need to help your "at-risk" readers.

      Heather