New Product Review: Mentoring Minds Total Motivation Reading

Mentoring Minds' Total Motivation Reading

Mentoring Minds’ Total Motivation Reading is a supplemental product that supports targeted remediation and preparation for Texas’ STAAR English language arts (ELA) exams in grades 6-8. Resources are available in print and online formats. Content is organized using a clear structure that focuses on active reading strategies, critical thinking skills, and practice assessments. Instruction supports Response to Intervention programs as well as test preparation. [Read more…]

Total Motivation Reading presents instruction in units based on a text or pair of texts. Reading selections include literary and informational texts that address topics in science, social studies, or technical content areas (e.g., “A Treasure Hunt: Techie Style”). Instruction focuses on strategies to improve comprehension before, during, and after reading.  Students learn that texts may be understood at different levels linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy: (1) literal (e.g., facts, details), (2) interpretive (e.g., analysis, compare, contrast), and (3) applied (e.g., extend, evaluate).

Online tools allow teachers and administrators to generate reports at the district, school, and classroom levels. The Standards Mastery report provides visual representations of each student’s mastery of specific standards, including scores on standards-specific assignments. Item analysis reports provide information about students’ performance on formative assessments and allow teachers to group students with similar learning needs. Report data may be exported.

About Mentoring Minds*

Mentoring Minds is an educational publisher focused on the success of students. Mentoring Minds’ passion is to develop quality educational materials that encourage students to think critically for effective problem solving. Equipped with many years of educational experience, Mentoring Minds’ product development team creates materials that address relevant issues in the classroom such as critical thinking, vocabulary development, the prevention of bullying, classroom management, and accommodations for students with special needs.


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