Reviews for Painless Reading Comprehension

VOYA Reviews 2005 February
This addition to the Painless series explores what makes a good reader and offers a toolbox to become one. Chapters one to three discuss reading attitudes, preparation, and purpose. Chapters four through seven explain strategies for spotting important structure words, building vocabulary, skimming, note taking, questioning the text, and previewing, with a special focus on textbooks. The final two chapters provide find-a-book information and support suggestions for both students and their parents. Each chapter specifies goals; provides "Let's Practice!" sections that include an assignment, a passage, and sample responses that are often based on graphic organizers; and then concludes with reflection questions and multiple-choice comprehension "Brain Ticklers." Inserts highlight and add important information Jones's description of nonfiction might be too simplistic. She includes no evaluation process that considers report, inference, judgment, or speaker authority. Although exercises, varying in difficulty, ask readers to make inferences based on reading, the inference definition provided seems circular and omits future statements. The summary process, encouraged throughout the text, appears too general for easy application. In addition, "Your Assignment," which appears on page 12, asks the student to summarize, but the summary explanation, "Sam the Summarizer" shows up on pages 45 and 46. Listed Web sites provide some specific summary suggestions and extensive learning tools. All readers can benefit from most of the advice, but the approach and explanations seem to target middle school and junior high readers, whereas some of the more difficult exercises aim higher.-Lucy Schall Index. Illus. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. 3Q 1P M J Copyright 2005 Voya Reviews.