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Reading Detective® Rx

Using Higher-Order Thinking to Improve Reading Comprehension

Grades: 6-12+

Language Arts

Grades: 6-12+

Language Arts

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Reading Detective® Rx

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Description and Features


Description and Features

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

Description and Features

These highly-effective, literature-based critical thinking activities develop the analysis, synthesis, and vocabulary skills students need for exceptional reading comprehension. This 192-page activity book is especially effective at helping underperforming students in Grades 6-12+ understand challenging critical reading concepts such as making inferences, drawing conclusions, determining cause and effect, using context clues to define vocabulary, and making predictions and generalizations. 

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

Literary Analysis Skills
     •  Define vocabulary using context clues
     •  Recognize figurative language
     •  Identify main idea, supporting details, and theme
     •  Recognize literary devices
     •  Identify story elements: theme, plot, setting, and characters

Reading Detective® Rx includes the following genres:

Award-Winning Literature Excerpts
     •  The House on Mango Street
     •  The Face on the Milk Carton
     •  Sarny
     •  River
     •  Out of the Dust
     •  Sing Down the Moon
     •  Call of the Wild

Stories and Articles
     •  Mystery
     •  Humor
     •  History
     •  Adventure

Nonfiction Topics
     •  Science
     •  Math
     •  Geography
     •  History
     •  Biography
     •  Inventions
     •  Sports

The Grades 6–12+ remedial (Rx) level is organized into single-skill units with a concluding mixed-skills unit and provides an introductory lesson for each skill.

Rx activities are "prescriptive" to help under-performing students in Grades 6–12+ improve their comprehension skills. Reading level is Grades 4–6; story content is Grades 6+.

Teaching Support
Includes pretests, post-tests, lesson guidelines, and answers with detailed evidence. Reading and literary analysis skills are based on grade-level standards.

Product Details

Item#: 01511BBP
Author(s): Cheryl Block, Christine Broz, Margaret Hockett, and David White
TOC: View Table of Contents
Subject: Language Arts
Type: Student Book with Answers
Media: Paperback Book
License: Reproducible
ISBN–10: 0-89455-801-3
ISBN–13: 978-0-89455-801-6
Pages: 192, perforated


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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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I really like how the skills are presented.
Apr 4, 2023
I bought these for a secondary special education student and I really like how the skills are presented.
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Immediate Improvement on Stanford's
Jun 12, 2014
I identified reading comprehension as a weakness in my 9 year old son while preparing for the Stanfords. I decided to have him work through Reading Detective RX to try to bring up his score. At first he really struggled through the curriculum and got most questions wrong. Eventually he started to "get it". The program teaches the skills very systematically. I just received his Stanford test results and reading comprehension went from a weakness to a strength. He scored at the 97th percentage.
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Apr 7, 2013
I use all the Reading Detective books, but I?m especially thrilled with the RX. My students have disordered language processing relative to visual processing deficits. They enjoy these activities and aren't even aware it isn't their grade level.
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Apr 7, 2013
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.
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Apr 7, 2013
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.
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Apr 7, 2013
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!
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Apr 7, 2013
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.
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Apr 7, 2013
This is one excellent reading comprehension series. The students I work with anticipate and enjoy reading the selections. I highly recommend these books.
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Apr 7, 2013
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.
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Apr 7, 2013
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.
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