Using Higher-Order Thinking to Improve Reading Comprehension
Reading Detective's standards-based critical thinking activities 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 making inferences, drawing 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.
Each reproducible book contains: goals, pretests and post-tests, 50 activities, a glossary of terms, and answers that include evidence and detailed explanations of the evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.
The grades 3-4 (Beginning) level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.