Teacher’s Resource Guides
Connect with your struggling readers through high-interest supported reading.
Used alongside our high-interest fiction and nonfiction books, The Scobre Press Teacher’s Resource Guides allow you to support your struggling and proficient readers by using the principles of differentiated instruction, while incorporating research-based strategies that get results.
Developing fluency, enhancing vocabulary, and learning to habitually use reading comprehension strategies when interacting with text can only be perfected through practice. The Scobre Press Reading Program outlined in these guides has been developed as a tool for teachers to incorporate into their classrooms, enticing their most reluctant readers to read independently and practice the skills used by proficient readers. While using the graphic organizers in our Teacher’s Resource Guides as they read independently, struggling readers begin to improve comprehension, and ultimately, their love of reading.
Download the 2010-2011 Teacher’s Guides:
2010-2011 Future Stars Series Teacher’s Resource Guide
14.7 MB Adobe PDF
2010-2011 Dream Series Teacher’s Resource Guide
15.6 MB Adobe PDF
Download the Scoring Guide for the Pre-/Post-Test:
682 KB Adobe PDF
Download Printable Worksheets from the Teacher’s Guides:
Printable Worksheets Packet
6.23 MB Adobe PDF
To print select pages from the Printable Worksheets Packet, open the PDF above and go to File > Print… Find the Print Range section and select Pages. In the space provided, type the range OR individual page numbers of the pages you wish to print. Click OK.
Independent Reading Strategies
In an effort to more effectively teach students these strategies, we have created a complete reading program centered around 5 principal reading skills: predicting, inferring, questioning, summarizing, and synthesizing (along with the aid of graphic organizers). This new program allows students to read independently, while an instructor “scaffolds” them with activities designed to help them habitually interact with text–eventually leading to students doing so without any prompting. This process can be compared to being a coach of a sports team. As a coach, you wouldn’t simply hand your athletes a ball and instruct them to play. Rather, you would begin by modeling a set of skills. Next, you would have the players practice those skills, stopping them when necessary. Finally, you would let them play. The process should be the same with reading. Handing your students books without teaching them the skills—the core reading strategies–will not help them to become better readers. The activities in this guide are intended as a “scaffold” to help struggling students attain the habits of proficient readers. In addition, the reproducible pre-test, writing prompts, student goal sheets, and formative assessments available in these guides are great tools for assessment.
The Scobre Press Reading Program outlined by our Teacher’s Resource Guides is centered on the theory that monitoring student progress toward set goals will help determine the best courses of action for both the teacher in their teaching, and the student in their learning. Using Formative Assessments periodically throughout the Scobre Press Reading Program will help both teacher and student acquire the information needed in order to answer critical questions such as, “Where am I going?” (What is my goal?), “How am I doing?” (What kind of progress am I making toward my goal?), and “Where to next?” (What is the next step I need to take in my learning/teaching process?) Utilizing this knowledge and practicing scheduled feedback models will give teacher’s a template for scaffolding students’ learning. What’s more – students who are able to monitor their own progress in our program become more accountable for their learning, and ultimately become better learners!
Thoughtful and poignant organizational tools focused on the core reading strategies of this program help students to stop, think, and write as they read their Scobre Press book. These tools not only assist students in learning to organize their thinking, but they instill invaluable lessons about defending conclusions, applying what is in text to the real world, and critically thinking about text while backing up thoughts with textual evidence. Graphic organizers are meant to help students structure their thought processes as they read, nurturing in students a habit of comprehending their text – not simply reading the words.
Every book in The Scobre Press Reading Program has been centered around a character education theme. While reading a story from the point of view of a young adult like themselves, students are learning strong character traits from peers in relatable, real life contexts. Observing examples of strong character that are real and relevant to a young person’s life can have a positive impact on their ambitions and their ability to become truly engaged in their reading.
Questions and answers specific to each Scobre Press title encourage students to stop and assess their understanding of a text. 1700 new vocabulary words strengthen students’ ability to comprehend concepts in text and boost self-confidence about reading new materials.