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Subject: Looking for some reading comprehension help
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 12:57 PM ET
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I am looking for some information to be able to help my neighbor's daughter.  She is 18 and her parents pulled her out of school as she has a reading comprehension problem.  She wants to go to Job Corps, but to do that, she has to have a reading comprehension level of at least 12th grade.  I was looking to start at Kindergarten and go up through the levels to see where she actually was.  Are there any good sites where I can get tests or questions based on books and then have her go to the library and get the books so we can read them together and answer the questions?  Any and all info on how to help a person improve their reading comprehension would be great.

Theresa

Subject: comprehension help
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 1:02 PM ET
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I will look around for sites for you.  My suggestion is check with your local library.  Often they will have the resources you need or know how to get them.  My area has adult literacy program.   She is an adult and often groups focused on adults will know how to test her and build a program to help her needs.

Good Luck!

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 4:31 PM ET
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/   http://ozpk.tripod.com/coach  http://literacyconnections.com/  http://www.readtosucceed.org/links.htm  http://www.altn.org/techtraining/teatut.html  http://alri.org/litlist/websites.html#easyreading  http://www.adultliteracyleague.org/volunteer/tips.asp 

Here's a few websites for you to go through and see if they have anything useful.

Author, Ron Fry, has a series of books that might be useful as well.

Good luck, I hope she realizes how fortunate she is to have someone like you!

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 5:10 PM ET
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Do you know the titles to the Ron Fry Series?

Thanks,

Theresa

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 5:19 PM ET
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I don't have any book suggestions, but I do have a little practical advice:

Check to see if your local library has an adult literacy program that would accept her and work on her reading comprehension.

Read books and have her re-tell the story every paragraph. Graduate to every page, then every chapter.

You need to teach her what it means to comprehend. Tell her that the most important part of reading is being able to relay what she's read. Before a reading, give her something to search for in the paragraph / page. For instance: "While you're reading this page, I want you to tell me how many people you read about." or "After this paragraph, I'd like you to be able to describe so-and-so's house to me." Give her a goal.

If she still struggles, go back to basics. Watch a movie and see if she can retell the story after the movie. If she can't do that, maybe the problem is medical? Do the same with a nature walk. Have her look for certain things (sea shells of a certain shape or acorns, or animal tracks). The point is to get her to focus on the task at hand.

Hope this helps!

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 9:11 PM ET
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It's an entire series. These deal with skills she will need to be a successful student. She may have a learning disability, which needs to be identified. But here are the titles.   How to Study, Get Organized, "mprove Your Reading, Improve Your Memory, Manage Your Time, Ace Any Test, Improve Your Writing, Take Note. Go to Amazon or a site like that and see if they might be useful.

Subject: more comprehension skills info
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 12:07 PM ET
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Hi!

I found McGraw-Hill Building Basic Skills Reading  Grade 7.

Each page has a short story (3-5 small paragraphs) After reading  the article there is 8 questions about what you read.

 I put on my shelf for you but it was on someone's wish list- I am sorry- I never thought it would be on a wish list/. The website should help you order more.

 I keep checking my book sales for more.

 

Web site:WWW.MHkids.com

Hope this helps

Holly



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Subject: comrehension site
Date Posted: 2/20/2008 3:49 PM ET
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It's not exactly what you're looking for but have you tried www.bookadventure.com?

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:30 PM ET
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Depending on your state's laws, the school district may be required to provide a full evaluation, regardless of her enrollment status.  Reading comprehension issues can stem from so many different places, it's hard to know how to tackle them without knowing what the root of the problem is.

My son has reading comprehension problems, but continues to score above grade level on everything because his strengths compensate for the weakness.  Right now, we're trying to find someone to use the Test of Language Competency, because he has wonderful recall, but he can't apply it meaningfully.