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Teaches a depth of analysis that guarantees superior reading comprehension, top grades, and higher test scores!
Description & Features
The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills children need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping children 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 analyse 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 3–4 (Beginning) level is organised into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.
Includes pretests, post-tests, lesson guidelines, and answers with detailed evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.
“You’ve really done your homework on this product. The questions the students answer match the language and skills required in our state testing. The depth with which my students have to think is astronomical.”
- Julie, Fall City, WA
“The Reading Detective helped my students understand the testing format as well as develop their critical thinking about written material. … Their reading levels were raised from a range of 1 month to 2 years 5 months overall.”
- Linda, Scotts, KS
“I just found Reading Detective, and I’m telling my whole school about it. It’s just perfect for preparing students for their end-of-grade tests. The questions require them to make inferences about what they read and locate evidence in the passages to support their conclusions.”
- Diane, Kernersville, NC
“This is one excellent reading comprehension series. The students I work with anticipate and enjoy reading the selections. I highly recommend these books.”
- Judith, Ph.D., Reading Specialist, Detroit, MI
“I knew this series would be great. For teaching children the problem-solving and questioning skills that will help them on tests also in their daily lessons, your materials are tops.”
- Linda, Ft. Scott, KS
“My son likes the Reading Detective stories …When he’s intrigued by a story, he is more attentive to what he reads. He critically examines his answers and takes ownership in defending them. He doesn’t even know he is exercising his brain.”
- Melanie, Winter Springs, FL
“My son is bright but reading comprehension was his lowest area, so I had him do Reading Detective. After three months his reading comprehension jumped about four grades. A few months later, he was asked to take the ACT EXPLORE test for grades 8/9 ability, and he passed it with a 96% overall score!”
- Amy, Elgin, NC
“I’m … conducting research at my elementary school on the impact of Reading Detective on the reading comprehension SFA scores of the school’s English language learners … [E]very student made progress, and two of the students actually improved two full grade levels!”
- Britta, Tucson, AZ
“Reading Detective teaches important skills with excellent examples. The introductory practice activities give students a systematic approach to selecting the correct answer.”
- Chris, Educational Therapist, Santa Clara, CA
“Many reading comprehension materials involve reading pages and pages. These one-page activities are much quicker for my students (and me) to do! Also, the pre- and posttests are great for documenting specific areas that students are struggling with or succeeding in. I’m very excited about this series because I’m always searching for solid comprehension books for my students.”
- Laura, Shelbyville, MD
“Reading Detective fits the Ohio Proficiency Tests perfectly. Both A and B levels have the type of passages that the students need to practice for the test. The questions call for the higher-order thinking the examiners require.”
- Dina, Westlake, OH
“We are very pleased with the Reading Detective. It will help us on the Ohio Proficiency Test!”
- Barbara, Woodbury, MN
“This is a great programme to help my children read for deeper meaning, therefore, they do better on standardised tests and long term learning.”
- Daniele, Burgaw, NC
“I really, really like Beginning Reading Detective. The different skills are broken down so students can focus on them one by one. It also covers all the major skills that come up on the LEAP tests. The series is good for any student of any ability.”
- Ann, Shreveport, LA
“Reading Detective is perfect for us. It deals with exactly what we’ve been working on to meet the standards. It clues right in to what’s important, and the stories are good too.”
- Amarilyn, Long Beach, CA