Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 Lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy, Grades 3-5

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.

More about the author

Thomas G. Gunning, Tom Gunning holds a doctorate in the Psychology of Reading from Temple University and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Reading/Language Arts Department, Central Connecticut State University. He is Professor Emeritus, Southern Connecticut State University, and has been a secondary English teacher and an elementary school reading consultant. He has written several textbooks on the teaching of reading, including: Developing Higher-Level Literacy in All Students, Allyn & Bacon, 2008; Closing the Literacy Gap, Allyn & Bacon, 2006; Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students 7th Ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2010; Assessing and Correcting Reading and Writing Difficulties,4th Ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2010, and Creating Literacy Instruction for All Students in Grades 4-8, 2nd Ed., Allyn & Bacon, 2010. He is also the author of Word Building, a Response to Intervention Program (Phoenix Learning Resources) for students with decoding problems. His latest books are Building Struggling Students Higher Level Literacy: Practical Ideas, Powerful Solutions (International Reading Association), which he co-edited with Jim Collins, and Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 Lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy, which is published by Jossey-Bass.

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