For easy use, the activities are individually printed in a big 8–1/4" x 11" spiral–bound format that folds flat for photocopying as many times as needed. They can be assigned to individual students or groups as independent work or be monitored by teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, volunteers, or peers.
Complete answers for all activities are included in an Answer Key section following the activity pages. The Answer Key may be kept for the teacher?s exclusive use or be copied and placed at a central location to permit student self–checking.
The sequence of reading and study skills activities corresponds to the sequence of skills in the Reading Skills Check List and the Class Record of Reading Skills accompanying the activities, each of which is organized into two parts.
Part One provides a summary of all of the basic vocabulary, word attack, and comprehension skills needed for effective basic reading. This may be used in the reading class or the English class to review the basic reading skills.
Part Two presents comprehension, study skills, and creative reading skills that are more advanced or have a different emphasis. Part Two presupposes mastery of those skills in Part One.
Both the Reading Skills Check List and the Class Record of Reading Skills may also be reproduced as many times as needed for use in monitoring individual and/or group progress in mastering specific reading and study skills.
You?ll find the activities and recordkeeping devices in this resource can be used with any reading improvement program to provide quick, accurate remedial help for all students. They offer a handy, efficient, systematic way to develop reading skills students must have to become proficient readers.
How To Use These Reading Skills Activities Most Effectively.
Reading Skills Check List––SECONDARY LEVEL.
Reading & Study Skills Activities––SECONDARY LEVEL.
PART ONE: VOCABULARY.
Word Recognition in Content.
Identifies Compound Words.
Knows Meanings of Terms in Vocabulary of Language.
WORD ATTACK SKILLS.
Knows Consonant Sounds.
Hears and Can Make Vowel Sounds.
Knows Elements of Syllabication.
Uses Accent Properly.
Understands Structure of Story or Paragraph.
Can Repeat General Idea of Material Read.
Can Remember Specific Important Facts.
Can Relate Material Read to Known Information or Experience.
Can Follow Printed Directions.
Can Interpret Hidden Meaning.
PART TWO: COMPREHENSION.
Uses Thesaurus, Almanac, Atlas, Maps, and Globes.
Uses Variety of Media to Complete Assignments and Purposes.
Uses Outlining and Note–Taking Skills.
Adjusts Reading Speed to Material and Purpose.
Demonstrates Independence in Locating, Selecting, and Using Materials to Own Purpose.
Applies Problem–Solving Approach: Identifies Problem, Gathers Information, Devises Possible Solutions, Selects Option, Uses Option, Evaluates.
Designs, Uses, and Revises Own Study Schedules.
Locates Sources Within a Book by Using Table of Contents and Index.
Recognizes Figurative Language, Dialect, and Colloquial Speech.
Understands Literary Forms.
Compares Value Systems of Characters.
Understands Settings: Social, Economic, and Educational.
Responds to Author′s Background.
Responds to Author′s Style of Mood and Point of View.
Class Record of Reading & Study Skills: SECONDARY LEVEL.
Dr. Allen is the senior author of the series Competency Tests for Basic Reading Skills (West Nyack, NY: The Center for Applied Research in Education). She has taught reading skills at both elementary and secondary levels, has supervised the development of a Continuous Progress Reading Program for the Jackson Public Schools, and has lectured widely in the fields of reading, classroom management, technology in the classroom, and leadership in educational administration. Dr. Allen is listed in the World Who s Who of Women and Who s Who School District Officials. She was the 1996 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award given by the American Association of School Administrators.
A nationally known authority in the fields of reading and learning disabilities, Walter B. Barbe, Ph.D., was for twenty–five years editor–in–chief of the widely acclaimed magazine Highlights for Children and adjunct professor at The Ohio State University. Dr. Barbe is the author of over 150 professional articles and a number of books, including Personalized Reading Instruction (West Nyack, NY: parker Publishing Co.), coauthored with Jerry L. Abbott. He is also the senior author and editor of two series Creative Growth with Handwriting (Columbus, OH: Zaner–Bloser, Inc.) and Barbe Reading Skills Check Lists and Activities (West Nyack, NY: The Center for Applied Research in Education) and the senior editor of Competency Tests for Basic Reading Skills. Dr. Barbe is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and is listed in Who s Who in America and American Men of Science.
M. Therese A. Levesque, Ph.D., has had 25 years of experience as a language teacher and administrator in the schools Coventry, Rhode Island, and the schools of Chenango Forks and South Orangetown, New York. She has successively held positions as Language Department Chairperson, Assistant Principal, Middle School Principal, Title III Director, and Assistant Superintendent. Her activities include preparation of New York State Regents Examinations, curriculum development, and directing programs focused on reading. Dr. Levesque is presently a curriculum consultant and arbitrator for the Labor Panel of the American Arbitration Association. She is listed in Who s Who of American Women.