Story Comprehension To Go Rosemary Huisingh, Linda Bowers, Paul F. Johnson, Carolyn LoGiudice, Jane Orman

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Ages: 7-10Grades: 2-6

Develop reading comprehension for grades two through five with this big book of illustrated reading passages that targets nine language 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.

Story Comprehension To Go stories are divided into three readability ranges: 2.0-2.9, 3.0-3.9, and 4.0-4.9.

285 pages • 8.5 x 11, softcover • ©2003