Reading Comprehension Book 1
Reading Comprehension Book 1 includes 31 selections in the following 7 subject areas. A sample passage title is given for each subject area:
- Social Studies - Sacajawea
- Science - How Rocks are Made
- Philosophy, Logic, and Language - Pandora
- Combined Subjects - How Insects Communicate
- Math - The History of Numerals
- Literature - A Different Kind of Home
- The Arts - The Art of Creating Cartoons
In each lesson, the presentation of the passage consistently follows the same 7-step format:
- About the Passage - introduces the selection to the reader and activates prior knowledge
- Reason for Reading - explains the reading skill emphasized
- The Selection - thematically organized selections across subject matter.
- Thinking it Over - lists two to three broad questions to be answered in writing
- Studying the Passage - asks questions about the main idea, facts, and sequence, and asks students to draw conclusions, make assumptions, and interpret.
- Using the Words - encourages students to use new vocabulary words in a paragraph
- Writing about It - has students answer questions about the contents of the selection and offer their interpretation or opinion
- Story recall
- Identifying facts
- Drawing conclusions
- Vocabulary development
- Main idea
- Extending thoughts in writing
Each workbook in the Reading Comprehension Series has selections covering social studies, science, literature, mathematics, philosophy, logic, language, and the arts.
Out of the many comprehension workbooks I have used and reviewed, this series is my personal favorite. It contains great variety in subject matter and excellent thinking questions. Before reading each of the 31 reading selections per book, a short introduction gives a little background information and states the reading skill to be emphasized. Selections include pieces on general topics, mathematics, philosophy, literature, science, social studies, logic and thinking, language, and the arts. Because this is a secular program, you may choose to preview some of the reading selections, particularly in the upper grades. Following the selections are questions which require students to find the main idea, identify sequence, draw conclusions, make assumptions, match vocabulary words to meanings, and identify and interpret facts. Although this series is my favorite, our children are not as certain, since these books really made them think. Please note that there are no answers included in the workbooks. All answers are provided in the small Teacher Keys, available for each workbook as a separate but inexpensive purchase.
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