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Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2
Understanding Everyday Information
Ages: 11-Adult   Grades: 6-Adult

Students read, sort through, and identify critical information in passages containing everyday information such as that found in news sources, manuals, and editorials.

Outcomes

  • Understand information in a variety of everyday reading tasks
  • Learn to detect the main idea, identify details, and think about vocabulary and semantics of reading passages
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The content is designed to appeal to older students reading below grade level.  There are 11 reading passages with three levels of controlled readability: 4.0-4.9, 5.0-5.9, and 6.0-6.9. 

Lessons consist of a one-page, illustrated reading passage and two pages with reading comprehension tasks that require students to:    

  • identify the main idea and detect details
  • think about vocabulary and semantics
  • understand everyday information in reading passages
  • formulate a question related to the story topic
  • complete a writing activity

The reading comprehension questions are similar to those found on classroom and national reading comprehension tests.  Questions challenge students to think about the reading passage and use reasoning skills.  Most of the questions are multiple-choice with some true/false and oral response questions.

You may purchase Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Understanding Everyday Information individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 set.  The 6-book set consists of:

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Fact & Opinion

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Figurative Language

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Paraphrasing & Summarizing

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Problem Solving

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Understanding Everyday Information 

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Components
40 pages, answer key
  • Explicitly teaching and reinforcing inference-making leads to better outcomes in overall text comprehension, text engagement, and metacognitive thinking (Borné, Cox, Hartgering, & Pratt, 2005).
  • Summarization is a skill that helps students identify main ideas, generalize what they've read, and recall information needed to answer comprehension questions (NRP, 2000).
  • 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).
  • Effective listening strategies include (NCLRC, 2004):
    - listening for details and main ideas
    - summarizing
    - predicting
    - recognizing word-order patterns
    - drawing inferences

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Understanding Everyday Information incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.

    References

    Borné, L., Cox, J., Hartgering, M., & Pratt, E. (2005). Making inferences from text [Overview]. Dorchester, MA: Project for School Innovation.

    National Capital Language Resource Center (NCLRC). (2004). Strategies for developing listening skills. Retrieved June 15, 2009, from www.nclrc.org/essentials/listening/stratlisten.htm

    National Institute for Literacy (NIFL). (2003). Put reading first: The research building blocks for teaching children to read. Retrieved June 15, 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 June 15, 2009, from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/nrp/upload/smallbook_pdf.pdf

Author(s)

Paul F. Johnson, Carolyn LoGiudice

Biography

Paul F. Johnson, B.A., and Carolyn LoGiudice, M.S., CCC-SLP, are editors and writers for LinguiSystems.  They have collaborated to develop several publications, including Story Comprehension To Go, No-Glamour Sequencing Cards, and Spotlight on Reasoning & Problem Solving.  Paul and Carolyn share a special interest in boosting students' language, critical thinking, and academic skills.

In their spare time, Paul and Carolyn enjoy their families, music, gourmet cooking, and reading.  Paul, a proud father of three children, also enjoys bicycling, playing music, and spending rare moments alone with his wife, Kenya.  Carolyn is learning to craft greeting cards and spoil grandchildren.

Introduction

Spotlight on Reading Comprehension was developed in 2005 to provide controlled reading materials for improving both overall and specific comprehension skills.  Six separate books present passages with readabilities that vary from grades 2.0 through 4.9 along with follow-up comprehension questions.  Each book focuses on one of these key reading comprehension skills:

  • characters & actions                            
  • making inferences & drawing conclusions
  • comparing & contrasting                      
  • paraphrasing & summarizing
  • figurative language & exclusion         
  • sequencing & problem solving

Requests for a similar approach to reading comprehension skill-building that would be more appealing to older students has resulted in Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2.  Not only are the readabilities of the passages increased in this series, but the content and visual elements are designed to appeal to older students reading below grade level.

Each book includes stories and comprehension questions for detecting the main idea, identifying details, and thinking about the vocabulary and semantics in the passage.  In addition, each booklet includes comprehension questions for a specific skill area.  The other five books in this series are:

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Fact & Opinion

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Figurative Language

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Paraphrasing & Summarizing

Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Problem Solving

The readability of the passages is controlled, based on the Flesch-Kincaid readability statistics.  These statistics were revised in 2002; the new statistics yield a higher grade level in most cases than the previous ones.  The range in readability is from grade levels 4.0 through 6.9.  Each book includes 11 passages with the following readability ranges:

          Passages 1-3             Readability 4.0-4.9

          Passages 4-7             Readability 5.0-5.9

          Passages 8-11           Readability 6.0-6.9

The question pages for each passage also ask students to formulate questions about what they have read.  The last task for each passage is a related writing prompt.

Use these passages for groups of students or individuals.  Photocopy the material so each student has a copy.  Encourage your students to highlight or underline key information as they read each passage and to jot down any questions they have.

Research proves that repeated readings improve reading comprehension and that three reads are usually sufficient repetition for a student to grasp the content, assuming a passage is at or below the student's reading competency level.  We recommend training students to read a passage three times for adequate comprehension before trying to answer the comprehension questions.

The reading comprehension questions are similar to those found on classroom and national reading comprehension tests.  Have your students read each possible answer for the multiple-choice questions before they select their answers.

As you present information to your students, model your own reading comprehension strategies.  Talk about ways to rescan a passage to find key information and other tips that will help your students improve their reading competence and confidence.

We hope you will find Spotlight on Reading & Listening Comprehension Level 2 Understanding Everyday Information a welcome resource to help students understand and find satisfaction in what they read.

Paul and Carolyn