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Week-by-Week Homework for Building Reading Comprehension and Fluency, Grades 3-6: 30 Reproducible, High-Interest Passages for Kids to Read Aloud at HomeNWith Companion Activities Paperback – May 1, 2002


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  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (Teaching (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439271649
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439271646
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Rose received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. She has been a classroom teacher for 37 years and is currently teaching fourth grade in Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. She is active in state and national assessment projects, including the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP - the "Nation's Report Card") and the New Standards Project. She has been trained as a scorer for the Florida State Writing Assessment and helped to write the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. She presents at state and national conferences and is a national consultant on improving scores on writing assessments.
Mary Rose is a contributor to Storyworks and Instructor magazines and is the author of eight books, all published by Scholastic.

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This book is about reading with "intention" and "purpose".
Emily Hawkins
Some test taking skills are included, like directing students to read the questions before reading the story.
Noname
This book has such great activities for centers or homework in a classroom!
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96 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Emily Hawkins on December 26, 2004
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I have studied many reading books for my children. I cannot say enough good things about this one. Everybody seems to know what reading is about. Many parents buy reading materials without much thought. This book is about reading with "intention" and "purpose". It's skill-building drills with clear methods and objectives. It will boost your child's true ability effectively many other books won't do. It benefited my 4th grader so much that I bought another copy for my 2nd grader's future use. Before 3rd grade, I recommend the online weekly drills provided by Beestar ([...] They are common in that reading skill objectives and techniques are meshed into nice informative material. Your child gets both in one run.
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117 of 130 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on June 13, 2007
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I am surprised other reviewers have not mentioned inaccuracies and errors in this book. For example, in the first story Mary Rose refers to the Arawak Indians as both the Arawak and the Arawaks. I consider this a big error considering the passage is only a few paragraphs long. The second story on the Pilgrims contains inaccuracies and many of the points she chooses do not support her thesis that parents are strict. Requiring children to stand at the dinner table is an example of parental strictness. Other examples were not at all related to strictness but instead to conditions of poverty.

The text is also fraught with typographical errors, some of which could be very confusing to a beginning reader. E.g. :"Then he returned home and happily at his dinner" (p. 32). Obviously this should read "ate" his dinner.

Additionally, many stories are overpunctuated. Some stories even have a double exclamation point in the title (e.g. Bananas!!).

Slang (improperly used at that) is another troubling element... a story on astronauts' water sources warns "Don't gross out!"

There are some inaccurate explanations. Rose's explanation of the use of italics is misleading. She italicizes words of foreign origin the first story. This use is correct, but her explanation of the use of italics does not correspond to the way she uses it.

There are positive aspects to this book, however. It clearly states the objectives for each section and has good questions to go with the passages. I also appreciated how the author related the content of the book to standardized assessments.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Diane Mchugh on October 18, 2006
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I absolutely love this book for both teachers or parents looking to improve reading skills. My daughter first came home with these stories from her 4th grade teacher and I loved them so much I bought a copy to use with the students I tutor. Now I'm teaching basic skills to fifth graders and do these stories one-on-one. Each story is intelligently written with a touch of humor and jam-packed with interesting facts. Topics include American History ("Thomas Jefferson and the Big Cheese"), fiction, biography, poetry, science (Star Trek!"), and popular culture. There is one reading skill to work on per story such as using context clues, italics, or main idea/supporting details. I've just ordered Mary Rose's other similar books for math and other reading levels. One word of caution: the vocabulary may be too advanced for a struggling third grader--best for grades 4-6 unless the child is already a fluent reader.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jill Abbott on February 27, 2006
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This book is excellent for providing "at home" reading practice for your students. Our 4th grade teachers used this by sending one lesson home each week- due back on Friday. It was a great help for parents to understand ways to help their child while also giving students meaningful reading assignments at home. It has a space for parents to sign before the lesson is turned in, which is very helpful. The stories are also extremely engaging, with a variety of genres.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Ma on August 5, 2007
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The author said that this book wass designed for 4th graders with reading problems. My kid had no reading problem and was about to enter 3 grade. I thought this book might be of the right level. But I was wrong. This book may be good for 2nd graders.
But if the level is good for your kid, the book itself is not bad. The articles are interesting. But still, I think "wordly wise 3000" is a better choice. The "wordly wise 3000 book A" is about the same level.
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Gilbert Nail on July 10, 2011
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While this book is a great concept, the entire book is filled with errors in grammar and orthography. Many of the questions are vague or entirely inappropriate for the corresponding story and the author apparently is not terribly concerned with the stories being factually accurate. My daughter started bringing home the stories as homework and was experiencing a great deal of frustration with them. This is a 10 year old that loves to curl up with an anatomy book for fun. I didn't understand the frustration until I started reading the stories. In order to get her to read them, I started having her edit them in red ink prior to handing them in to her teacher. The teacher did not appreciate it, but she finally got the message and stopped sending them home. The fact that a book made it to press without being properly edited is disheartening. The fact that teachers are praising it is disturbing. The fact that schools are using such low quality materials enrages me and helps explain the problems with our education system. For the teachers that think this is a great resource, I have a suggestion: Go get an education.
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