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Mastering the TAKS Grade 3 in Reading is written in a student-friendly style. This best-selling book is specifically designed to help third graders in reading. Not just a test preparation text, the book uses a highly interactive approach to help third graders improve their reading comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. Students learn how to apply new skills and strategies through metacognitive instruction, guided practice and independent practice. The book can be used as a supplementary text or for remediation, intervention programs, or summer school.

Exemplary Reading Selections. Model readings are culturally diverse and encompass a variety of genres. Most of the selections have been published in leading children's journals.

Unit 1: Introduction. A prefatory chapter reviews the key reading comprehension strategies of good readers, based on several landmark studies. These include asking questions, summarizing, making predictions, and connecting new information with existing schemata. This is followed by two short chapters reviewing the basic differences between literary and informational texts.

Unit 2. Preparing for the TAKS in Reading. This unit begins with a diagnostic pretest. Students become familiar with the test format, which has been demonstrated to improve their performance. Remaining chapters in the unit are organized around various TAKS question types, such as asking what a reading is mostly about, to test TAKS Objective 1. In each case, the chapter begins with a practice reading. This is followed by a sample question and a step-by-step metacognitive approach for answering it. Then practice questions are provided. Unlocking the Answer hints guide students to the most important information they need without actually giving them the answer. At the end of each chapter, there is an additional reading with practice questions. These are cumulative with question types from earlier chapters: by the time students have completed the book, they are prepared to answer every type of question on the TAKS.

Unit 3. A Final Practice Test. This unit contains three practice readings and 36 multiple-choice questions distributed by TAKS Objective according to the TEA Blueprint. This test accurately reflects the level of difficulty of the actual TAKS. Each question on both the pretest and the final practice test is identified by its TAKS Objective, helping teachers to pinpoint student weaknesses requiring further review.

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