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A Fluency, Focus and Reading Comprehension Skill-Building Program
The Top of the Class Reading Comprehension Kit® is a multi-grade, reading development program that consists of a seven volume set of supplemental, skill enhancing reading literacy booklets. Each booklet features important interconnected language arts exercises and literacy activities that use multiple strategies to improve reading fluency, focus, comprehension, and test-taking skills. With passages grouped into three reading levels students can learn as they grow within a structured, self-paced, literacy skill development program.
The 7 booklet comprehension kit includes the following:
Top of the Class Reading Comprehension Kit ©
3 levels of challenging reading passages (Primary School, Middle School, and Secondary School)
Independent, year round (home or school) language arts learning and reading comprehension development
Clear, easy-to-follow, directions for effectively linking learning objectives
50 Key (must know) literary terms defined
Exercises for building vocabulary knowledge daily
KWL Learning Organizer, SQ3R (5-Step System), and textbook comprehension strategies
Recognizing the importance of sentence modifiers and paragraph transitions
Essential test preparation and test-taking strategies
Lessons on interpreting text using context clues
Reading comprehension practice questions & answer keys
Comprehension & fluency self-assessments and scoring rubrics
Reading fluency grade level comparison & goal setting tables
Step-by-step charting and graphing instructions for visual graphics
25 reading, writing, and vocabulary learning activities
10 important reading tips for parents and students.
Reproducible grid for setting family group reading schedules
Literary Challenge Word Puzzles
The Quick Guide features an overview of the seven volume program. This booklet contains lesson reviews on: key literary definitions, textbook reading and test-taking strategies, essential story elements, analyzing test questions (literal, inferential, text analysis, and vocabulary), and a lesson refresher on understanding text using context clues. The Quick Guide also includes: 10 important family reading tips for parents and students, learning style theory, educational topics, literary challenge word puzzles, and a reproducible grid for scheduling weekly family/group reading times.
This booklet is a Comprehension Skill-Builder that includes multiple reading comprehension passages. Passages include practice questions with answer keys and a scoring rubric. The passages are grouped into three reading levels: primary, middle, and secondary school. The passages cover a wide range of topics including history, science, geography and government. Passages were carefully selected to increase a student’s real world knowledge and to familiarize him or her with various writers while developing practical reading comprehension skills. Comprehension drills can be self-administered or can be given by a parent, teacher, tutor or Academic Coach (AC).
This booklet is a Fluency Skill-Builder that includes reading rate fluency practice drills with 300-500 word passages. The passages are non-fiction and fiction, and include excerpts from speeches, historical documents, and classic children’s literature. Each fluency practice drill allows you to calculate your own reading fluency rate by using a one-minute time block. Students can compare their personal fluency scores against renowned reading researcher Dr. Ronald Carver’s average reading rate equivalency evaluation table and instantly learn their approximate grade level reading fluency standing for grades 2.5 through 12.5. You can set personal fluency goals and evaluate your fluency scores with the 16 point reading fluency scoring rubric. Fluency drills can also be self-administered or given by a parent, teacher, tutor or Academic Coach (AC).
This booklet is a Vocabulary Skill-Builder with critical vocabulary development exercises that includes 25 reading, writing and vocabulary activities. Booklet C requires students to draft original sentences for all new terms. Students should always be prepared to look up unfamiliar words that they read or hear in conversation. After finishing each comprehension and fluency passage, complete these skills with the “Pick-One” exercise and select at least one new word entry and place into the vocabulary skill-builder. New words should always be spelled correctly, defined quickly, recorded in Booklet C and periodically reviewed.
Booklet D is an Independent Reading Log for tracking reading patterns. This booklet should be used with Booklet F, for collecting independent reading data. Top of the Class reading logs capture important information including: reading dates and daily goals, time on task, number of pages read, quick reading summaries and classifying materials as fiction or nonfiction.
Booklet E is a Homework Reading Log for tracking time spent reading school homework assignments. This booklet should be used with Booklet F, for collecting homework reading data. Homework reading logs are important and allow teachers and parents to stay current on a student’s daily reading patterns.
The Reading Data Chart Book provides step-by-step instructions on how to use your reading logs to gather critical reading data for creating graphics that allow students to visually interpret reading routines. It also provides detailed coaching on how to construct line graphs, bar charts, and pie charts to illustrate daily, weekly, monthly, and annual reading patterns. Using basic math graphing and charting concepts students are able to create visual graphics that reveal important insights and visual analysis of reading progress which tends to drive personal reading goals higher.