Develop reading comprehension for grades two through five with this big book of illustrated reading passages that targets nine language skill areas.
- Achieve goals in nine reading comprehension skill areas
Each ten-story unit (90 stories total) targets a language skill critical to improving reading comprehension. The skill areas are:
- Vocabulary and Semantics—use the context of the story to describe actions; use synonyms, antonyms, and adjectives; and give definitions
- Sequencing— focus on what happened first, next, and last in the story, then answer before and after questions
- Comparing and Contrasting—attend to critical attributes of items to compare and contrast them
- Exclusion—explain why something would not happen or why an action or event did not occur
- Problem Solving—identify the problems, the character's solution to it, and a better solution from a list of three
- Characters and Actions—understand the actions and motives of the characters in the story
- figurative language—understand the abstract meanings of figurative language in the context of a story
- Conclusions and Inferences—identify and use the information in the story to make educated guesses about what is going on and why
- Paraphrasing and Summarizing—students say information in their own words and summarize information
Each three-page lesson consists of a one-page illustrated story followed by comprehension questions similar to those found on classroom and national tests. The first set of questions is about the story's main idea and details. The second set of questions target the unit's specific skill area. Each lesson concludes with a prompt for the student to ask a question or complete a brief writing assignment related to the story.
The stories are divided into three readability ranges: 2.0-2.9, 3.0-3.9, and 4.0-4.9.
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- Instruction of text comprehension can help children become independent, self-regulated, thinking readers (NRP, 2000).
- Summarization is a skill which helps students identify main ideas, generalize what they've read, and recall information needed to answer comprehension questions (NRP, 2000).
- SLPs play a direct role in the development of literacy for children with communication disorders (ASHA, 2001).
Story Comprehension To Go incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.
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 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 February 11, 2009 from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrp/upload/smallbook_pdf.pdf