Authors: Cheryl Block, Carrie Beckwith, Margaret Hockett, and David White
Publisher: The Critical Thinking Co.; Workbook
Reading Detective's standards-based critical thinking activities develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. The activities are especially effective at helping students understand more challenging reading concepts such as drawing inferences, determining cause and effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary. Students read and analyze short literature excerpts and stories that include fiction and nonfiction content. Then they answer multiple-choice and short-response questions, citing sentence-level evidence to support answers. The workbook includes pre-tests, post-tests, lesson guidelines, and answers with detailed evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.
The Beginning Level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.