Reading Detective B1

Reading Detective B1

# 004104

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Item #: 004104
ISBN: 9781601448231
Grades: 7-8

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Publisher Description:

These highly-effective, literature-based critical thinking activities develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. This 208-page activity book is especially effective at helping students in Grades 7-8 understand challenging critical reading concepts such as making inferences, drawing conclusions, determining cause and effect, using context clues to define vocabulary, and making predictions and generalizations.

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. Concepts and skills covered include:

Literary Analysis Skills

  • Define vocabulary using context clues
  • Recognize figurative language
  • Identify main idea, supporting details, and theme
  • Recognize literary devices
  • Identify story elements: theme, plot, setting, and characters

Reading Detective® B1 includes the following genres:

Award-Winning Literature Excerpts

  • The Cay
  • Sparrow Hawk Red
  • El Güero
  • The Moon by Night
  • The Giver
  • Under the Blood-Red Sun
  • The View From Saturday
  • The Trolley to Yesterday
  • "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin" From Just So Stories
  • Face to Face
  • The Bronze Bow

Stories and Articles

  • Mystery
  • Humor
  • History
  • Adventure

Nonfiction Topics

  • Science
  • Math
  • Geography
  • History
  • Biography
  • Inventions
  • Sports

The Grades 7–8 (B1) level include mixed-skills throughout. All levels provide an introductory lesson for each skill.

Category Description for Reading Detective:

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.

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Cheryl Block
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Critical Thinking Company
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elizabeth s on Sep 15, 2022
mommalen on Sep 2, 2021
elizabeth s on Sep 15, 2022
My daughter has trouble with reading comprehension and I had used the Science Detective in the past and was very pleased with it.
Linda M on Sep 15, 2021
mommalen on Sep 2, 2021
Fun way to work on reading comprehension
Gladys E on Aug 14, 2020
my son needs help with reading comprehension and I can't afford the private tutoring
Joy W on May 29, 2020
Am a big fan of The Critical Thinking Company. This workbook combined detective work with exciting excerpts. Looking forward to studying with my son.
Susan G on Apr 14, 2020
Used this for a son with reading difficulties years ago and saw great gain in his comprehension. Going to use it with a daughter this time!
Elizabeth F on Sep 13, 2018
Works well for test prep
User on May 7, 2018
This appears to be a resource that my students will enjoy.
Paula N on Jan 28, 2018
because of the product
LoRa D on Nov 2, 2017
Improve reading comprehension
Randall M on Aug 31, 2017
I am teaching a co-op class in reading comprehension and critical thinking
Alta H on Jul 6, 2017
Need to see how comprehension is coming along in our homeschool.
Nancy D on Apr 27, 2017
It's secular.
Andy R on Apr 14, 2016
If you have a child who speed-reads and misses the details, this is the book series for you. It forces the child to re-read the short story in order to answer specific questions, even requiring specific sentence numbers to support their answers. This has helped my son a lot.
Rebekah D on Feb 6, 2016
My daughter has trouble with reading comprehension and I had used the Science Detective in the past and was very pleased with it.
Linda M on Sep 15, 2021
Fun way to work on reading comprehension
Gladys E on Aug 14, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
I bought this book for my 5th grade daughter by mistake, I thought I was getting the one for her grade (actually when i noticed I also ordered the other one for grade 5-6 but hasn't arrived yet) anyway I love it because it makes her think and she can do it and she loves it. I recommend this book. Wonderful.
March 10, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
This is a great resource to do throughout the school year in order to prepare your child for standardized testing. I especially like how the student is required to submit evidence for their answers.
June 7, 2018
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