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Your Attack Plan

Help students "divide and conquer" reading comprehension questions and reading tasks in other content area tests such as Science, Social Studies, Math, and, of course, Language Arts with the Book and Brain Reading Method. Students will learn to "Look in the Book" for the concrete answers using Book Questions: word meaning, context clues, facts and opinions, details, technical terms, cause and effect, compare and contrast, and plot, setting and following directions. Students will also learn to "Stop and Think" with the abstract ideas gleaned from the text using Brain questions: persuasive devices, making judgments, generalizations, and inferences, drawing conclusions, implied sequential order, main idea, analysis, summarization, and author's point of view and purpose. This simple yet powerful cataloging skill will truly make a difference for all life long reading tasks and all types of readers.

The Benefits of Book & Brain Reading

This workshop will investigate how all reading reveals patterns. Patterns that all standardized tests have with question templates and answer distracters. Since reading plays a major role in standardized testing of Math, Science and Social Studies, mastering skill objectives are much easier for students once they divide the test into Book and Brain tasks. The terms Book and Brain will become a new language that both teachers and students will begin to use to communicate. This brain-based learning method will utilize pathways already created in the mind, exercise understanding and use of pattern, and examine wrong test answers and how to spot the correct ones.

The Risks of Relying on Prior Knowledge Alone

Summarization, Making Inferences and Word Meaning are the top three skill objectives identified to increase scores for any standardized reading test. Book & Brain Reading will investigate how these skills will help both elementary and secondary students discover vital patterns within a text and evaluate evidence correctly. Prior knowledge alone or just being a good student in class does not insure the best possible scores on any standardized assessment. Having an attack plan with the prior knowledge of skills and vocabulary will unlock more potential from a student's reading ability than having no plan at all.