Learning List recently reviewed Curriculum Associates’ STAAR Ready Reading, which is a supplemental resource to support reading instruction and preparation for STAAR testing in grades 1-8. Materials are available in print format and may be used to supplement a year-long core reading program, provide concentrated preparation for STAAR exams, and/or support Response to Intervention (RtI) programs. Instruction at grades 1 and 2 prepares students for the STAAR Reading test at grade 3.
At each grade level, content is presented in short, scaffolded lessons that focus on one or more of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Instruction addresses vocabulary skills (e.g., context clues), literary genres (e.g., poetry), literary elements (e.g., plot, character), and reading comprehension strategies (e.g., make predictions). Each lesson is built around reading passages and contain an introduction to the TEKS, modeled instruction, guided instruction, guided practice, and STAAR practice activities. Reading passages include a variety of genres and topics of interest to students (e.g., Science at the South Pole), and lessons provide opportunities for collaborative learning. Instruction also addresses strategies for taking multiple choice tests.
Lesson introductions present the full text of the TEKS addressed by instruction. At grades 3-8, the table of contents in both student and teacher editions identifies the topic of instruction, the relevant TEKS codes for each lesson, and whether each TEKS is a Readiness or Supporting standard. “STAAR Ready Test Practice” books are available separately from the publisher (Learning List did not have access to these resources). At grades 1-5, STAAR Ready Reading is available in Spanish.
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*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from Curriculum Associates.
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