“What Serravallo has developed is the first complete system for monitoring and developing students’ comprehension of whole books.” Richard Allington
Why Complete Comprehension?
Complete Comprehension helps answer three questions:
- How do I know if a reader’s whole-book comprehension matches what a short-text assessment tells me?
- How do I evaluate a reader’s whole-book comprehension?
- How do I turn an evaluation into strategy-based, goal-directed instruction?
Who is Complete Comprehension for?
- Students reading chapter books in grades 3–6, especially those whose predicted instructional level doesn’t match their whole-book comprehension
- Teachers who want to provide progress-oriented instruction driven by a more comprehensive understanding of children’s comprehension
- Schools that use any approach to curriculum and instruction
How does it work?
Jennifer Serravallo provides a simple, accessible, and effective framework for instruction:
- Assess readers in authentic trade books with prompts placed at key moments across the text.
- Evaluate students with Jen’s rubrics and determine what reading goal to teach toward.
- Teach with more of the strategies that made The Reading Strategies Book a bestseller.
What are the components?
- Three resource guides: Assess, Evaluate, and Teach
- 28 trade books, two per levels J–W
- Labels to place in the trade books that cue the reader to answer a comprehension prompt
- Custom response forms for each trade book
- Evaluation rubrics for analyzing student responses
- Stickers to place on the outside of the trade books to indicate they are not part of the classroom library
- Additional online resources, including classroom video
Will Complete Comprehension save time or require more of it?
- No instructional time is required for the assessment: Readers answer prompts on their own during independent reading time.
- The evaluation takes just moments.
- The strategies Jen shares are easily incorporated into existing instruction—especially if you’re already using The Reading Strategies Book.
Where do I learn more?
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