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Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading

Helps students improve reading comprehension online

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What Does Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading Do?

Students receive hands-on practice in using basic reading improvement strategies that sharpen their critical thinking skills and develop their ability to make inferences.

Assessments place students at suitable levels of challenge.   Context-clues support students while they work.  Students advance as they demonstrate readiness.

Scores and progress are automatically tracked in an Online Portfolio.

Designed for learners at a 5th through 8th grade equivalent reading level, the software can also be used by English language learners, learning disabled pupils, and remedial readers.

Inspires Enthusiasm

A structured and supportive environment that lets all learners experience success.

Enhances Interaction

Instructors can quickly discover individual areas of concern and be able do something about them.

Streamlines Learning

Built-in explanations and immediate feedback help students overcome obstacles while they work.

Automatic Tracking

Teachers can monitor pupil progress and work through an easy-to-use management.

Concepts Covered

Designed for English language learners and older students, as well as pupils in upper elementary and secondary grades.

Self-paced and self-advancing; moves students ahead as they demonstrate readiness.

Pupils receive immediate, personal help throughout.

Teachers can monitor pupils’ progress and time-on-task through an easy-to-use online portfolio.

Level 1: U.S. reading grade levels 5.0 – 6.5

Level 2: U.S. reading grade levels 7.0 – 8.0

Each level contains 66 passages and more than 600 questions divided into 3 units of escalating difficulty.

Students will …

  • Determine the main idea of a text and select a logical sentence to introduce or complete it, or choose an appropriate title to identify it.
  • Identify the sequence of details in a text and select an additional supporting sentence that would logically fit in.
  • Draw an inference by recognizing information learned from the text that is not actually stated.
  • Determine the meaning of unfamiliar words by using other words or phrases in the text as clues.

Additional Resources

Teaching Tips

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Program Guides

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Student Tracking and Management

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“Thanks for making educational software that engages the video game generation.”

J.F. Webb High School

Oxford, NC

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