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Main Ideas and Summarizing: 35 Reading Passages for Comprehension: Grades 4-8 Paperback – Jul 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (July 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439554128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439554121
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Linda Ward Beech is a New York City based writer who has written numerous books for children and teachers.


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I think this book is really meant for teachers, in which case my review of it may be a bit unfair. I didn't find it very useful for my child.The reading comprehensions were followed by questions which were quite vague with respect to the answers required.
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Great resource for adult literacy and K-12 resource teachers
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa00ffda4) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa021b804) out of 5 stars Amazing and straight to the point Sept. 21 2006
By R. H. Marquez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got this as a part of a set to help me teach Summaries and Main Ideas.

I liked the broken down steps that these worksheets offered. I did find the comprehension questions short, but for focusing only on Summaries and Main Idea, these books are great.

The pages are not overtly decorated and are appropriate for students in upper middle school/junior high (6-9th).

Most of the questions of the paragraphs are written as if they might appear on a standardized test, which is helpful, but it is unfortunately lacking in the development of written out answers.

What also seems to be missing: an approximent reading level for each passage. I would have liked to see a few passages from reading level 2 or 3: so do stay in the 4th-8th grade levels.

Overall: this is great to effectively check in repeatedly that a student can Summarize and find the Main Idea of a short piece quickly.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa021b858) out of 5 stars The entire series is outstanding! March 24 2008
By D. Florence - Published on Amazon.com
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My daughter is in 3rd grade and an avid reader but when it came to test questions she would be confused my all the detail of a story. This serial is fantastic all the passage are very interesting and we both have a great time reading them. I highly recommend these for grade 3 to 6, maybe 7th. great practice for the summer too!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa021bb34) out of 5 stars Too short! Aug. 28 2013
By hayley2 - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't wait to start using this in my fifth grade classroom. We were preparing for our quarterly district assessments. Since it was by Scholastic, I didn't mind that I couldn't "look inside" to preview the passages. Two days later, I received the book and was disappointed to see that the passages were only one paragraph long. This could work for fourth grade; however, our test passages can be one to two pages long. One paragraph is not enough to adequately prepare our students because we are working on the endurance to read through a long passage to ascertain the main idea.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa021ba2c) out of 5 stars Main Idea and Summarizing Feb. 8 2012
By jj - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a school librarian and I have found this book to be very useful at the beginning of a class when I take attendance,in the middle of my class when some students are selecting books, or as a filler at the end of a class. The reading passages are short enough to fit on a smartboard so you don't have to waste paper by photocopying. Although I have used the multiple-choice questions, I find it much better to just ask the students to write down the main idea and details to support the main idea. I have found that the students really like the reading passages.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa021bc18) out of 5 stars Cost too much. July 31 2010
By Happy Person - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a OK book. Well organized for elememtray students. My 7th Grader doesn't find it interesting and it's too easy for her level. The book is less than 50pages, but cost over ten after shipping, I think it is too much, too cost.


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