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Reading Detective® A1 Software - 2-PCs Win/Mac Download

Using Higher-Order Thinking to Improve Reading Comprehension

Grades: 5-6

Subject(s): Language Arts

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Teaches a depth of analysis that guarantees superior reading comprehension, top grades, and higher test scores!

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Reading Detective® A1 Software
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Description & Features

The standards-based critical thinking activities of Reading Detective® 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, making conclusions, determining cause-and-effect, and using context clues to define vocabulary.

Students read and analyze short literature passages and stories that include fiction and nonfiction genres. Then they answer multiple-choice questions, citing sentence evidence to support their answers.

The Grades 5–6 (A1) level includes mixed-skills throughout and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.

Teaching Support
Includes score reports, lesson guidelines, and detailed explanations of answers. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.

     - Includes 51 activities
     - Multi-user login
     - Each activity can be done in learning or test mode
     - Self-tutoring: detailed instructions, hints, and explanations of answers
     - Printable student scores with diagnostic, comparative, and detailed reports
     - On-screen teaching guide including skill matrix and answer keys
     - Self-grading
     - Saves unfinished activities
     - Optional password protection
     - Fun reward games

Downloadable Software Ordering
Downloadable software can be immediately downloaded from "My Account" under the "My Downloadable Product" section after you place your order.

Product Details

Item#: 01516SDH
Author(s): Cheryl Block, Carrie Beckwith, Margaret Hockett, and David White
TOC: View Table Of Contents
Type: Win/Mac PC Software
Media: Download
License: 2 Computer License
ISBN–13: 978-1-60144-538-4
Activities: 51
Questions: 350

System Requirements

Please see our Online Software Support help website for assistance with handling any issues you may encounter while installing or playing this software on the below operating systems.

Platform: Windows® 8/7/Vista
CPU: 200 MHz or faster
800 x 600 screen resolution or higher

Platform: Macintosh® OS X (10.4+)
PowerPC/Intel based Mac
CPU: 200 MHz or faster
RAM: 128MB
800 x 600 screen resolution or higher


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"Reading Detective fits the Ohio Proficiency Tests perfectly. Both A and B levels have the type of passages that the students need to practice for the test. The questions call for the higher-order thinking the examiners require." - Dina , Westlake, OH
"Reading Detective teaches important skills with excellent examples. The introductory practice activities give students a systematic approach to selecting the correct answer." - Chris, Educational Therapist , Santa Clara, CA
"You've really done your homework on this product. The questions the students answer match the language and skills required in our state testing. The depth with which my students have to think is astronomical." - Julie, Fall City, WA
"The Reading Detective helped my students understand the testing format as well as develop their critical thinking about written material.…Their reading levels were raised from a range of 1 month to 2 years 5 months overall." - Linda, Scotts, KS
"My students like the Reading Detective stories…When they're intrigued by a story, they're more attentive to what they read. They critically examine their answers and take ownership in defending them." - Melanie, Winter Springs, FL
"I just found Reading Detective, and I'm telling my whole school about it. It's just perfect for preparing students for their end-of-grade tests. The questions require them to make inferences about what they read and locate evidence in the passages to support their conclusions." - Diane, Kernersville, NC
"This is one excellent reading comprehension series. The students I work with anticipate and enjoy reading the selections. I highly recommend these books." - Judith, Ph.D., Reading Specialist, Detroit, MI
"I knew this series would be great. For teaching children the problem-solving and questioning skills that will help them on tests also in their daily lessons, your materials are tops." - Linda, Ft. Scott, KS
"I'm...conducting research at my elementary school on the impact of Reading Detective on the reading comprehension SFA scores of the school's English language learners...[E]very student made progress, and two of the students actually improved two full grade levels!" - Britta, Tucson, AZ
""Reading Detective teaches important skills with excellent examples. The introductory practice activities give students a systematic approach to selecting the correct answer."" - Chris, Educational Therapist, Santa Clara, CA
"Many reading comprehension materials involve reading pages and pages. These one-page activities are much quicker for my students (and me) to do! Also, the pre- and posttests are great for documenting specific areas that students are struggling with or succeeding in. I'm very excited about this series because I'm always searching for solid comprehension books for my students." - Laura, Shelbyville, MD
""Reading Detective fits the Ohio Proficiency Tests perfectly. Both A and B levels have the type of passages that the students need to practice for the test. The questions call for the higher-order thinking the examiners require."" - Dina, Westlake, OH
"We are very pleased with the Reading Detective. It will help us on the Ohio Proficiency Test!" - Barbara, Woodbury, MN
"My son's just finished Reading Detective A1 and it's been great for him, so we're moving on to the B1 book. With his dyslexia he's spent many years just acquiring the skill of reading. He hasn't had much chance to work on his reading comprehension. With Reading Detective, he's been picking up the subtleties of reading very well. I just wanted you to know that you company is pretty unique. I haven't seen anyone out there doing what you're doing." - Roneta, San Jose, CA
"This is a great program to help my children read for deeper meaning, therefore, they do better on standardized tests and long term learning." - Daniele, Burgaw, NC
"Reading Detective software helped me learn how to read more carefully and taught me that reading can be more fun!" - Scott, Salinas, CA
"Reading Detective is perfect for us. It deals with exactly what we've been working on to meet the standards. It clues right in to what's important, and the stories are good too." - Amarilyn, Long Beach, CA
"Since discovering your materials, I've come to realize the benefits of teaching children to think. As a specialist, I work with all abilities. Your books are powerful at both ends of the spectrum. The classes I teach are now averaging 2 years above grade level." - Elaine, Houston, TX
"I have added the Reading Detective® series to my daughter's curriculum to stretch her verbal and comprehension skills. I have moved my verbally strong daughter up a level in comprehension and literature analysis. Thank you." - Melody

Test preparation available for the following:

Reading Detective® guarantees top performance on assessment tests, including:

Stanford Achievement Test™ (SAT/10)
California Achievement Tests (CAT/6)
Florida State Assessment (FSA)
Iowa Tests of Basic Skills® (ITBS®)
Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)
Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP)
Palmetto Assessment Challenge Test (PACT)
New York State English Language Arts (ELA) Test
Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP)
Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)
Ohio Proficiency Test
Kansas State Assessments
North Carolina End of Grade Tests
North Carolina Competency Tests
Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)
Indiana Statewide Test for Educational Progress (ISTEP)
Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS)
Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL)
Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)
California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
and many more!

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