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READING COMPREHENSION | Teacher Manual

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Teacher Manual Reading comprehension

Exercise Overview

Exercise Overview Exercise Screen 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 1 Reread Returns to the original content screen so the student can reread when needed. 2 Help Provides access to help options: • How To replays initial instructions. • Help highlights and names each alternative. 3 Home Returns the student to their assignments screen. 4 Content Shows a passage, graphic organizer, or summary that the student must review and interpret. 5 Question Shows a question about the content presented. 6 Answer Buttons Shows possible answers to the question. 7 Time Shows Time Worked / Time Scheduled for the exercise. 8 Points Shows total points awarded across all of a day’s sessions. • Correct answers: 8 points for questions that count toward progress; 4 points for practice or intervention questions. 9 Level Progress Displays the current level and percent complete of the level. 10 Current Streak Shows the current number of consecutive correct answers in the session. Resets to zero after an incorrect answer. 11 Highest Streak Shows the highest number of consecutive correct answers in this session. 12 Go Presents content or a question. 13 Next Continues to the next page or task. 12 13 30 Data Stream Teacher Manual

Task Exercise Overview In Data Stream, students complete three tasks. First, they read a short fiction or nonfiction passage and answer comprehension questions about it. Then, they select or complete an organizer (either a graphic organizer or a summary of the passage). Finally, they use that organizer to answer additional comprehension questions about the passage. Content Data Stream focuses on the use of comprehension strategies. Students practice using organizers to analyze and summarize the information from a fiction or nonfiction passage. As the student works on the exercise, the passages become longer and more difficult and the organizers become more complex, the task shifts from selecting an organizer to completing one, and the associated comprehension questions become more challenging. Passages Organizer Task/ Content Questions Easy Grade 3-5 75-200 Words Select/Less Complex Literal Reference Difficult Grade 6-8 240-480 Words Complete/More Complex Inferential Integrative Metacognitive Did you know? Research indicates that reading comprehension depends directly on the strategies used to connect information in a text to what has been read before or learned through past experiences. Reading comprehension strategies are especially necessary for students who are struggling, such as students with reduced oral language skills due to developmental or experiential issues. Organizational strategies—as well as responses to literal and inferential questions posed during and after reading—allow readers to connect the information from fiction or nonfiction text to their prior knowledge for consolidation. This conversion, sometimes referred to as “reading to learn," is critical for learning across all subject areas. Data Stream Teacher Manual 31