Because comprehension is usually tested by multiple choice assessments, understanding the questions is essentially as important as understanding the passage. As implied by the title of this resource, students are not required to read a passage. All questions can be answered through deductive reasoning. The objectives are - a) teach students to read the questions carefully b) teach students to skip questions they can't answer (rather than guessing) and come back to them after reading/listening to the other questions. These strategies are especially useful to students receiving oral administration of reading assessments.
The leveled practice booklets are extremely versatile. They can be used in any number of small-group settings, but also work extremely well as a whole-group activity. Examples -
• transitioning back to academics after lunch, recess, or P.E.
• “carpet time”
With questions and answer choices read aloud, struggling readers can stay engaged and enjoy the experience of success.
Four booklets and a Teacher’s Guide are bundled in the download:
Level one – Questions are straight forward and vocabulary is basic. Only one answer choice can possibly be correct. Students use basic inferencing and cause-and-effect skills by connecting key words in the question and answer choices.
Level two – The way questions are worded is slightly more complex than at level one. In some cases, more than one answer choice contains words that relate to the question.
Level three – Questions are related to a fictional narrative that unfolds through the questions themselves. Students use clues within the questions and answer choices to piece together enough information to select reasonable anwers.
Level four – At this level, historical narratives and expositories unfold through the questions and answers.
Teacher’s Guide – Strategies are suggested that can expand the lesson into more specific/rigorous student expectations.
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