Reading Detective Rx

Reading Detective Rx

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Item #: 002279
ISBN: 9780894558016
Grades: 6-12

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I waited awhile for this product! Critical Thinking Press has tackled reading comprehension and critical thinking in this popular series. Reading and thinking should go hand in hand, but sometimes those skills need to be developed a little more. These excellent books use excerpts from award-winning authors, original fiction in a variety of genres and an assortment of nonfiction articles covering a broad array of topics and subject areas. Reading skills honed in the series include: comparison/contrast; distinguishing cause and effect; distinguishing fact and opinion; drawing conclusions; finding supporting details; identifying main idea; making inferences; making generalizations; making predictions; reading for details and information; sequencing; using tables, diagrams, and illustrations; recognizing analogies; predicting outcomes. Literary analysis is included here, too, as students will: analyze character traits; identify key events in plot; identify theme; identify setting; predict resolution; identify author's purpose; recognize figurative language; recognize conflict; recognize point of view; and sequence events. While all skills are developed, particular attention is given to those requiring critical thinking, such as inference and generalization. The goal is to teach students to think as they read to increase their understanding and retention of the material. To that end, instead of just answering questions about each reading passage, students are asked to support their choice, citing specific evidence from the passage (hence the "detective" part). Pre- and post-tests are supplied to help you determine which skills and lessons to focus on. Student books are consumable worktexts. A Teacher Overview contains an introduction to the program and how to use it, as well as answers to the practice activities. The answer key contains answers to the exercises in context; all of the passages and questions are included to aid in discussion. Beginning, A1, and B1 levels are all very similar in structure and content, but adjusted to different grade levels. Reading Detective Rx features low-readability, high-interest passages and exercises for the remedial reader.

Besides the interesting, varied selections, broad range of skills covered, and development of critical thinking skills, I also appreciate that the reading level is on target for the grade level (except for Rx). Many reading comprehension books seem to go to extremes to ensure that difficulty in actual reading ability doesn't impede the student in working through the lessons by lowering the reading level of the passages - resulting in overly simplistic passages that take most of the interest (and challenge!) out of reading.




Primary Subject
Reading/Literature
Grade Start
6
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780894558016
Binding
Trade Paper
Language
English
Ages
11+
Audience
Young Adult
Format
Paperback Book
Brand Name
Critical Thinking Company
Weight
1.4 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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I like that this book says it is for grades 6-12, so my daughter will not feel it's below her level. She struggles with reading comprehension and it's hard to find a workbook targeted for high schoolers. It looks like it will help her build skills rather than just a bunch of worksheets to read (without building skills).
Laura B on Apr 10, 2019
My daughter is struggling with reading comprehension, but is very aware of the grade level marked on a book. This looks like it will help without being "below her grade level"
Dan B on Jan 4, 2019
I like that this book says it is for grades 6-12, so my daughter will not feel it's below her level. She struggles with reading comprehension and it's hard to find a workbook targeted for high schoolers. It looks like it will help her build skills rather than just a bunch of worksheets to read (without building skills).
Laura B on Apr 10, 2019
I want it.
Erik K on Feb 19, 2019
My daughter is struggling with reading comprehension, but is very aware of the grade level marked on a book. This looks like it will help without being "below her grade level"
Dan B on Jan 4, 2019
We are always trying to improve reading skills and this appears to be a fun resource that will meet my needs.
Paula N on Jan 28, 2018
I want to be sure my 8th grade avid reader is comprehending what he is reading
Anastasia O on Jan 20, 2018
For an engaging reading comprehension program
Lucille R on Jul 21, 2017
I have a older child that has difficulty comprehending what he reads and this looked like a great solution. Simple and not overwhelming.
Tonya W on Oct 4, 2016
This text is good for pin-pointing reading comprehension difficulties and working through them. I have a good reader, who seems to gloss over elements. This breaks it down and helps teach each part like main ideas and inferences.
Dominique F on Sep 7, 2016
I want it.
Erik K on Feb 19, 2019
We are always trying to improve reading skills and this appears to be a fun resource that will meet my needs.
Paula N on Jan 28, 2018
What is the Reading Detective Rx - What level is that? compared to A1 or B1 or beginning?
A shopper on Mar 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Reading Detective Rx can be used in grades 6 through 12. The reading level is kept between 4th and 5th grade. The answers to the questions are not usually obvious. The student must learn to look back in the reading for the answer and give supporting sentence numbers or paragraph letters.
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