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Reading Comprehension Boosters


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.

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Table of Contents

About This Book v About the Author vi Introduction 1 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 References 465

About the Author

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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