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READING LEVEL 3 | Teacher manual

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  • Monkeys
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Teacher manual Reading level 3 Fast ForWord

Book Monkeys Reading

Book Monkeys Reading Curriculum Standards (Note: Book Monkeys also presents instruction that is above and below grade level) ➤ Use sentence and word context to find meaning of unknown words. ➤ Understand and be able to use complete and correct declarative, interrogative, and imperative sentences. ➤ Identify pronouns. ➤ Demonstrate comprehension by pinpointing answers in text. ➤ Recall and summarize major points in text. ➤ Make predictions about coming information. ➤ Distinguish main idea and supporting details in expository text. ➤ Distinguish cause and effect. ➤ Extract appropriate and significant information from text, including problems and solutions. ➤ Determine the underlying theme or author’s message in fiction and nonfiction. Description Book Monkeys helps the participant improve paragraph comprehension in the following ways: ➤ Literal comprehension: Book Monkeys presents questions that ask the student to recall facts from the paragraph, such as the main point. The ability to extract the main point from a paragraph – the gist – contributes to comprehension of longer passages. ➤ Causative comprehension: Book Monkeys presents questions about the cause of the events within the paragraph. Understanding cause and effect is important for comprehending and remembering text. ➤ Inferential comprehension: Book Monkeys presents questions that ask the student about various hypotheses he or she needs to form in order to understand the text, such as to whom a pronoun refers and what the best title for the paragraph might be. Inferential comprehension is crucial for understanding the links between concepts and building a coherent gist for the entire passage. ➤ Working memory: The student must hold in working memory the gist of the paragraph, as well as important details, to answer the questions correctly. Developing working memory abilities helps the participant not only keep the gist of the paragraph in mind but also read and comprehend longer, more complicated texts. 68 | Fast ForWord Reading Level 3

Book Monkeys ➤ Vocabulary: As the participant progresses, Book Monkeys presents longer paragraphs that use more advanced vocabulary words. In addition, Book Monkeys regularly ask the student to identify the meaning of a word that is from 1 to 3 grade levels above the vocabulary level of the paragraph. Vocabulary skills contribute to automatic word recognition, an important factor in fluent reading. Monkeying around in the library and not putting the books where they belong has left the library in a big mess. The student helps the librarian get the library back in order. How Students Work on Book Monkeys When the student clicks the yellow paw, a monkey dangles an open book on the screen. The student must first read the displayed paragraph, click the Done Reading button, and then read the librarian’s question. Several scholarly monkeys display possible answers to the question, and the student must choose the correct answer. After the student has answered two questions about the paragraph, Book Monkeys displays the paragraph again to help the student refresh his or her memory. The librarian asks six questions about each paragraph; the paragraph reappears after the student has answered the second and fourth questions. How Students Progress through Book Monkeys KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS Button Keyboard Shortcut Paw Space bar Done Reading Space bar Responses, top left to bottom right Number keys 1 through 4 Book Monkeys progresses through three levels of difficulty as follows: ➤ Level 1: The student works on paragraphs of around 6 sentences; each sentence contains, on average, 10 to 11 words. Questions are easier than level 2. Words are at the 2nd grade level at highest. ➤ Level 2: The student works on paragraphs of around 5 to 6 sentences; each sentence contains, on average, 9 to 10 words. Words are at the 2nd grade level at highest. ➤ Level 3: The student works on paragraphs of around 7 sentences; each sentence contains, on average, 9 to 12 words. Words are at the 3rd grade level at highest. At each level, Book Monkeys presents four nonfiction paragraphs and six fiction paragraphs. After the student has read a paragraph, Book Monkeys asks the student: ➤ Two literal questions of a true-false nature (This story does not tell you...) Fast ForWord Reading Level 3 | 69