Using Higher-Order Thinking to Improve Reading Comprehension
The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading DetectiveŽ develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary.
Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers.
The grades 612+ remedial (Rx) level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.
(RX activities are "prescriptive" to help underperforming students in grades 612+ improve their comprehension skills. Reading level is grades 46; story content is grades 6+.)
Includes pretests, post-tests, lesson guidelines, and answers with detailed evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.
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