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elcome to Reading Comprehension
Skills and Strategies
About this Series
This unique series is specially created for you by Saddleback Educational Publishing, as
an exciting supplement to reinforce and extend your classroom reading curriculum.
Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies can easily be integrated into basic reading
curricula as additional reading lessons: as stand-alone strategy and skill instructional
lessons; as across-the-curriculum lessons; or as activities for students with special
projects, interests, or abilities.
This series is based on the most current research and thought concerning the teaching
of reading comprehension. This series not only sharpens traditional reading
comprehension skills (main idea, story plot, topic sentence, sequencing, etc.), but it
also reinforces the critical reading comprehension strategies that encourage your
students to use prior knowledge, experiences, careful thought, and evaluation to help
them decide how to practically apply what they know to all reading situations.
Traditional comprehension skills recently have been woven into the larger context of
strategy instruction. Today, literacy instruction emphasizes learning strategies—those
approaches that coordinate the various reading and writing skills and prior knowledge
to make sense to the learner. Our goal in this series is to provide you and your students
with the most up-to-date reading comprehension support, while teaching basic skills
that can be tested and evaluated.
Reading Comprehension Strategies
activating prior knowledge
pre-reading—previewing and predicting
previewing and predicting text
Saddleback Educational Publishing promotes the development of the whole child with
particular emphasis on combining solid skill instruction with creativity and
imagination. This series gives your students a variety of opportunities to apply reading
comprehension strategies as they read, while reinforcing basic reading comprehension
skills. In addition, we designed this series to help you make an easy transition between
levels (grades 6, 7, and 8) in order to reinforce or enhance needed skill development for
About this Book
Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies is designed to reinforce and extend the
reading skills of your students. The fun, high-interest fiction and non-fiction
selections will spark the interest of even your most reluctant reader. The book offers
your students a variety of reading opportunities—reading for pleasure, reading to
gather information, and reading to perform a task. Characters throughout the
book prompt the student to apply one of the strategies to the reading selection and
includes a relevant comprehension skill activity.
Choosing Instructional Approaches
You can use the pages in this book for independent reinforcement or extension,
whole group lessons, pairs, or small cooperative groups rotating through an
established reading learning center. You may choose to place the activities in a
center and reproduce the answer key for self-checking. To ensure the utmost
flexibility, the process for managing this is left entirely up to you because you
know what works best in your classroom.
Assessment and evaluation of student understanding and ability is an ongoing
process. A variety of methods and strategies should be used to ensure that the
student is being assessed and evaluated in a fair and comprehensive manner.
Always keep in mind that the assessment should take into consideration the
opportunities the student had to learn the information and practice the skills
presented. The strategies for assessment are left for you to determine and are
dependent on your students and your particular instructional plan. You will find a
Scope & Sequence chart at the back of this book to assist you as you develop your