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Great Source's Reader's Handbooks are similar in depth, breadth, and all-around completeness to Writer's Inc., Write Source 2000, and the others in the writing series, but instead of picking apart the writing process, these tackle reading in all its entirety. In short, they attempt to do for reading what their excellent writing handbooks have done for English. Each hefty reference handbook consists of twelve chapters which encompass the actual reading process, reading know-how, how to read textbooks, reading various types of writing (non-fiction, fiction, poetry, drama, internet writing, etc.), interpreting graphic information, reading for tests, building vocabulary, and more. Each chapter contains lessons of several different types. Generally, chapters by focusing specifically on the step-by-step process of reading different types of materials as well as understanding their organization and structure. Following "Focus" lessons take a closer look at specific kinds of reading, literary elements, and more. "Elements" lessons then describe in more detail key literary terms that are related to each type of writing. A lengthy "Reader's Almanac" section includes descriptions and instruction related to 11 different reading strategies, reading tools (such as graphic organizers, study helps and diagrams) and how to apply them, as well as several pages on parts of words including prefixes, suffixes, and root words and their meanings. The chapters are well organized so that first a detailed explanation of the purpose and structure of each writing form is presented, followed by sections devoted to helping the student read each form of writing in a way to glean all necessary content and meaning. Along the way, specific literary elements, style notes, goals for reading, reading strategy notes, and examples from literature bring the instruction to life, keep it interesting, and create a very well-rounded study. Graphic organizers are used liberally to familiarize students to their use, and how they can best use them in their reading and study. I like the frequent use of examples from literature, textbooks, and other forms of writing with specific parts and words highlighted and labeled, adding a very visual key to illustrate exactly what students are reading for in each form. Along the way, activities are included to give the students practice with concepts right along with the examples. All in all, these are very complete handbooks covering all different types of writing that students will encounter, presented in a multi-dimensional way that should appeal to many different learning types, and touching on a variety of skills, from reading to literature, writing, study skills, and more. - Jess

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Reader's Handbook Gr 6-8 (Red) Item #: 029167
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