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Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 Lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy    by Thomas Gunning order for
Reading Comprehension Boosters
by Thomas Gunning
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John Wiley & Sons, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Whether you are home schooling a youngster or just wish to give your son or daughter an edge mastering some core subjects, the following book will come in handy.

Reading Comprehension Boosters: 100 lessons for Building Higher-Level Literacy contains over 400 pages of easy to copy, high interest readings and activities designed to assist students in grades three through five in improving their comprehension and response skills.

The classroom tested material includes short selections followed by constructed response and multiple choice questions, as well as thinking and writing activities. The booster may be used as part of a core or supplemental program, as a test prep, or for intervention with students who need extra help or are behind in their reading skills.

The easily reproduced worksheets are grouped into the following thematic units: Finding Main Ideas, Identifying Supporting Details and Visualizing; Summarizing; Inferring, Predicting, Concluding; Facts and Opinions; Comparing and Contrasting; and Review and Application.

Each section contains a teacher guide that sets forth the lesson's objectives, explains how to introduce the lesson and supports the students in their development of essential reading and responding skills.

For example, the main idea and supporting unit develops such important skills as categorizing words and sentences and identifying topic sentences. The youngster will learn to use titles and headings to predict main ideas, as well as select the main idea when it is not stated directly but only implied.

Learning to use graphic organizers to display main and supporting ideas and being able to clearly state main ideas and supporting facts is the main goal of this unit.

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