*THIS IS A FREE SAMPLE OF HOW THE READING COMPREHENSION BOOKLETS LOOK. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE START SMART CURRICULUM DOES NOT HAVE A VOCABULARY SKILL FOCUS SO I CHOSE WHAT THE STUDENTS STRUGGLED WITH MOST.
What are they?
I have created SPADE reading strategy booklets for each story in each unit. These are created for the students to begin practicing the multiple response mechanisms on the FSA. We do not use all these stories in our pacing so they could be used as substitute work, independent center work our as teacher led curriculum. You could also just print out the question page and give to your students as a final assessment after reading the stories.
Each booklet contains a front page which will have the SPA part of the strategy. The first page should be the front of the booklet and the second page is the inside of the booklet. This is intended to be used in a reading journal as you are teaching whole group instruction but can also serve as an independent center activity. The left part of the first page should be glued in a reading journal. The right side of the first page is the survey the text and create a prediction graphic organizer. I created a quick way to annotate the text without writing on the book using these graphic organizers. The second page of the booklet contains two comprehension skill questions, at least two vocabulary skill questions, a multimedia question and the essential question. (This is only for the RWW AND ANTH, the IRA and PS question types will vary and are dependent on the genre of the text.)
How is it organized?
The Readers Writers Workshop (RWW) and Anthology (Anth) are in seperate booklets. The Interactive Read Aloud (IRA located on the left side of the booklet) and Paired Selection (PS located on the right side of the booklet) are in the same booklet.
Does it work?
I taught English Language Learners, Non-Readers, Gifted students and SPED students with these booklets. My students made intense learning gains. My students scored a 1-3 on the SAT in the first grade. After using these booklets, they scored 6-7 on the second grade SAT test. This was life changing for me because I started asking the questions during whole group the same way they were being assessed on the weekly assessments. My students averaged out 70% or higher towards the second unit of teaching this way on their weekly assessments. I hope you find these as useful as I did!