Language Arts/Reading/Literature

Learning Materials for Independent Learners


Printed materials

Primary Book Reporter. Grades K-2. The worksheets in this book encourage primary students to explore various types of books on their own. Included are book report forms for 16 books by popular authors, 8 different genres of books, and 12 story components. Dandy Lion.

Read, Write, and Type. Ages 6-8. Students earn certificates for completing each of six activities per sound. They go from typing single letters to letter combinations and from simple words to complex words to simple sentences. The Learning Company.

Language Practice. Grades 1-8 separately. Exercises cover vocabulary, sentences, grammar and usage, capitalization and punctuation, composition, and readiness/study skills. Perforated pages. Summit.

Vocabulary. Grades 2-6 separately. Vocabulary activities. Reproducible. Summit.

Self-correcting reading skills series. Reading levels 2-6. The nine kits focus on one specific skill at a time - Getting the Main Idea, Noting and Recalling Details, Drawing Conclusions, Using Context Clues, Finding the Sequence, Understanding Sentences, Finding Cause and Effect, Predicting Outcomes, and Making Inferences. Each kit includes 10 cards for each of the five levels 2-6. ECS.

Cloze Stories for Beginning Readers; Walker Cloze Stories. Two books for beginning readers and eight workbooks for grades 2-6 (remedial grades 3-9). The stories for beginning readers include subjects such as animals, pets, friends, families, school, and themselves; the stories for grades 2-6 include stories of courage and daring, stories of mystery and adventure, etc. The stories are written in fill-in-the-blanks (cloze) format, with multiple choices provided. Self-correction activities help students take responsibility for their own learning. Reproducible skillsheets provide practice. Pro-Ed.

Test Lessons in Primary Reading. Grades 1-3. Each of these 62 one-page exercises uses easily understood words drawn from students' oral vocabulary. Ten yes-no questions, designed to evaluate students' reading progress and thinking skills, follow each story. Teachers College Press.

Junior Literature Companion. Grades 1-3. Reproducible worksheets supplement any literature program. Students identify the elements of good literature, focus their thoughts about what they have read, and relate readings to their own lives. The worksheets are organized according to logs and journals, setting, characters, plot and events, general activities, and personal opinion. Usable as individual book reports. Dandy Lion.

Responding to Literature. Primary - grades 1-3. Intermediate - grades 4-8. The reproducible Response Activities can be used with any book, and record keeping charts are provided to help the teacher monitor and manage students' reading. Dandy Lion.

Leap into Literature. Separate storybooks for grades 1-2, grades 2-3, grades 3-4, grades 4-5. Also, students in remedial programs. These materials in cloze (fill-in-the-blanks) format provide high-interest stories and nonfiction articles designed to focus attention on specific strategies needed to become independent, fluent readers. Pro-Ed.

Everyone Write. Three books: grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and students in remedial programs. Each book in the series includes 58 reproducible pages. The activities relate directly to students' lives and to the curriculum. Tasks include persuasive, expository, and descriptive writing; letter writing; news accounts; and personal communications. Pro-Ed.

Gates-Peardon-LaClair Reading Exercises. Book A: grades 1-4; Book B: grades 1-6; Book C: grades 2-9. These reading exercises emphasize enjoyment and success for students at all ability levels. More than 200 exercises provide interesting and constructive independent skill building for more able students, developmental skills for average students, and reinforcement for students needing practice in specific comprehension skills. There are three books of increasing difficulty in each of three skill areas: literal comprehension, main idea, and remembering details; inferential and critical comprehension; and following directions. Teachers College Press.

Sing It! Learn English Through Song. All ages. The six text/workbooks with cassettes in this series introduce English-as-a-Second-Language grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and idioms. A song provides the basis for each lesson. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Reading and Thinking. Book 1: grades 2-3; Book 2: grades 3-4. This material was designed to show that we apply deductive and reasoning skills in very aspect of communication. After each story, children are asked to write in answers that are not only based on memory - they are asked to deduce and infer the answer and give a reason for it. Teachers College Press.

Word Demons. Grades 2-4. This game helps students master the eighty-six non-phonetic words that are often "demons" for beginning readers. Educators Publishing Service.

Recipe for Spelling. Grades 2-6. This 240-page book offers a complete spelling program of more than 450 directed and independent learning activities. It can be used by students having difficulty spelling. It lends itself to help by parents. Pro-Ed.

Reading Comprehension in Science and Social Studies. Grades 2-6. These cloze (fill-in-the-blanks) blackline masters contain high-interest, low-reading-ability material related to citizenship education and scientific discovery. The four volumes are designed to allow students to work as independently as possible. Each book contains blackline masters of 30 two-page stories. What Animals Can Do - grades 2-4. American Success Stories - grades 2-4. Science in Our World - grades 4-6. Our Nation's Holidays - grades 4-6. Students in remedial programs - grades 2-12. Pro-Ed

McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons in Reading. Book A: grades 2-4; Book B: grades 3-5; Book C: grades 4-6; Book D: grades 5-7; Book E: grades 6-8; Book F: grades 7-12. These books supplement basal reading programs. They motivate and challenge even the most reluctant readers. In addition to the books, student answer sheets are provided. The teacher's manual, good for all the books in the series, includes the answer keys. Teachers College Press.

Grammar Puzzles, Punctuation Puzzles, and Spelling Puzzles. Ages 7-11. These full-color activity books introduce the basics of grammar, punctuation, and spelling and provide lots of opportunities for practice. Usborne Books.

Comprehension Skills. Grades 3-6 separately. This series isolates six comprehension skills (facts, context, sequence, inference, main idea, and conclusion) and practices them in the context of reading selections that span the content areas. Perforated pages. Summit.

Write from the Edge. Grades 3-6. Facing each reproducible border page are project ideas, discussion questions, and a thought-provoking quotation. Students will be inspired by the creative cartoon borders to write, research, debate, think, create, and discuss. Dandy Lion.

Fabrications - Book Report Constructions and Activities. Grades 3-6. All twelve motivating projects combine ideas for innovative book reports, art projects, bulletin boards, and related interdisciplinary learning experience. These theme-related ideas can be used with any book. Dandy Lion.

Alphabet Soup. Grades 3-6. These reproducible worksheets include practice in idioms, onomatopoeia, metaphors, spoonerisms, slang, analogies, hyperbole, similes, and more. Dandy Lion.

Latin-Greek Root Word Games. Grade 3-12. Each of these two games - Rummy Roots and More Roots - takes players from basic knowledge of the Latin or Greek roots and their meanings to being able to decipher over 2,000 words. Dandy Lion.

Literature Companion. Grade 4-8. Sixty follow-up ideas in reproducible worksheets can be used with any book as individual book reports. The activities are divided into reading logs and journals, analysis of setting, analysis of characters, analysis of plot and events, analysis of theme, general activities, and personal involvement and judgment. Dandy Lion.

Literature Lab. Grade 4-8. Students respond to literature by developing a hands-on project, which include character bag, poster, scrapbook, collage, project cube, peek-a-boo pictures, shape book, though web, and others. Each project includes complete instructions. Dandy Lion.

Strategies for Reading Nonfiction. Grade 4-8. Activities help students read, understand, and learn from expository text. Guides include skills to use before reading, during reading, and after reading. Strategy guides provide practice in skills such as skimming, finding the main idea, and more. The lessons and accompanying reproducible guides can be used on any nonfiction selection. Dandy Lion.

Test Your Grammar, Test Your Spelling, and Test Your Punctuation. Ages 10 and up. Graded tests are structured to test knowledge and highlight the most common mistakes. Quizzes and puzzles give plenty of practice. Usborne Books.

Recipes for Writing. Grades 4-9. Sourcebook that provides a total writing program. 50 step-by-step activities. Zephyr.

Horizons. Grades 4-9. The 15 Horizons II booklets and 10 Horizons E/F booklets teach language, grammar, composition, and comprehension skills. The two series can be used for instruction or for remediation. The booklets provide explanations and skill practice. Usborne Books.

The Poetry Pad. Grades 4 and up. This is a learn-while-doing guide speaking directly to the learner. The book first defines a poetic concept and then offers a series of activities using the concept. Concepts included are alphabet verse, two word poem, tongue twisters, jingles, found poetry, chants, simile, metaphor, and many others. Royal Fireworks Press.

Create-a-Story Series. Grades 4-12. 80 pages each. Create-a-Sleuth, Create-a-Utopia, Create Heroes and Villains, Create-a-Fantasy, Create-an-Autobiography, Create-a-Future, Create-a-Comedy, Create-a-Monster, Create-a-Drama. Educational Impressions.

Idiom Workbook Series. Grades 4-12 - reading level up to 3.0. These seven workbooks help students reading below grade level develop inferential reading skills. Each book contains 50 idioms, presented within the context of a short paragraph, with humorous illustrations and an answer key. Pro-Ed.

My Words. Grades 4-12 - reading level up to 3.0. These 10 workbooks enable students to learn to read, spell, and write basic vocabulary words. Each 85-page workbook contains tasks with varied levels of difficulty: match word to word, match word to picture, fill in the missing letters, write in the words, and a final evaluation. Pro-Ed.

Writing Across the Curriculum. Grades 5-8. These writing exercises in the areas of math, science, art, language arts, and social science offer reproducible, step-by-step instructions. Two complete lessons are provided for each subject area; they include explicit writing prompt, pre-writing activities and information, pre-composing sheets, directions outlining the format of the writing, and check lists to guide peer editing. Dandy Lion.

Writing Down the Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People. Ages 12 and up. A year's worth of fresh, innovative creative writing assignments, all linked to the calendar. Each features a person, fact, or event that gives special meaning to the day; each is designed to encourage creativity and self-discovery. Free Spirit.

Exciting Writing, Successful Speaking: Activities to Make Language Come Alive. Grades 6-12. More than 80 creative, hands-on activities in this workbook teach communication skills. Free Spirit.

English Skills Series - Sentence Mechanics, Usage, Editing and Proofreading, Writing About Literature. Grades 6-12. These test-workbooks provide in-depth communication skills and practice. Sentence Mechanics covers capitalization and punctuation skills. Usage provides practice in standard written usage. Editing and Proofreading develops important writing process skills in revising and editing. Writing About Literature provides reading selections and writing activities to allow students to respond to the literature. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Schaum's Outline - Punctuation, Capitalization, and Spelling Including 110 Sets of Answered Exercises, 1305 Items. Grades 7-12. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Ananse Tales. Grades 7-12. Each of these West African tales is followed by a set of writing exercises for the student of English. The Workbook prepares students for the programmed steps in Ananse Tales by having them complete suggested exercises and then check answers. Teachers College Press.

English Through Computers. Grades 9-12. This English-as-a-Second-Language course is designed for students whose prime interest is computer science; subject matter throughout the text relates to computer science, with skill development exercises in grammar, reading comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary, and listening. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Reading and Reasoning. Secondary/post-secondary levels. This booklet contains 90 test lessons and more than 1000 items. All lessons contain material dealing with such issues and concerns as the environment, conservation, social problems, politics, economics, advertising, and education. The Teacher's Manual includes an answer key. Teachers College Press.

Test Lessons in Reading Figurative Language. Secondary/post-secondary levels. The 86 exercises in this booklet develop students' abilities to recognize and interpret figures of speech and to distinguish between literal and figurative uses of the English language. Similes, metaphors, personification, hyperboles, irony, euphemisms, spoonerisms, and cliches are among the figures of speech covered. The Teacher's Manual contains answers to the multiple-choice questions that test readers' understandings of figurative language. Teachers College Press.


Reader Rabbit's Reading Development Library. Ages 4-8. Electronic storybooks designed to develop reading skills sequentially. Win95, Win3.1, and Mac. The Learning Company.

Reader Rabbit Deluxe!. Ages 3-9. Builds skills in phonics and letter recognition, recognizing spelling patterns, vocabulary and word-picture matching, and memory and concentration. Win95, Win3.1, and Mac. The Learning Company

CD's Story Time. Grades K-2. This program builds around and extends well-known children's literature by providing three areas in which students can work: a Reading Center, a Writing Center, and a Story Support Center. In the Reading Center, students read a theme-related story and respond to reading. in the Writing Center, students work on theme-related writing activities. In the Story Support Center, students engage in selection-specific vocabulary, comprehension, and skill support activities. CD's for Macintosh. Houghton Mifflin

Bailey's Book House. Grades K-2. In using this software, students create stories, work with positional words and concepts, and learn letters, words, and rhyming through five activities that teach prereading skills. Harcourt Brace.

Imagination Express. Grades 1-6. This interactive storybook maker gives students the tools to create their own interactive electronic books. There is a CD-ROM for each of four destinations: neighborhood, castle, rain forest, and ocean. Students create their own books using the characters and settings provided. The Teacher's Guide includes reproducible activity sheets. Harcourt Brace.

The Amazing Writing Machine. Grades 1-6. This software encourages students to write their own stories, letters, and poems. Rubber stamps, clip art, and built-in painting tools are available for illustrating written work. Students can choose from eight Reader Robot voices that read back their finished material. Harcourt Brace.

Spell it Plus!. Separately for grades 2,3,4,5,6. Interactive, instructional spelling software features activities based on word lists in McDougal Littell Spelling. Houghton Mifflin.

Reading Power Modules Software. Grades 2-12. This program provides practice and reinforcement of reading comprehension skills while building spelling and reading skills and vocabulary. Exercises include requiring learners to type the new vocabulary word after it flashes on the screen, fill-in-the-blank exercises, timed reading exercises, comprehension checks, vocabulary review in multiple-choice format, and vocabulary games. Steck-Vaughn-EDL.

Channel R.E.A.D. Grades 3-8. Particularly recommended for those needing additional support and those acquiring English. These videodiscs focus on skills and strategies appropriate to the genre context in which they are presented. The interactive format provides students with opportunities to build background, learn vocabulary, and respond to open-ended questions related to the strategies. Separate videodiscs are devoted, one to each, to Mystery, Fantasy, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction (2 videodiscs), Biography, Narrative Nonfiction, Serial Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Suspense, Traditional Tales, Adventure, Personal Narrative, History, and Science. Houghton Mifflin.

Great Start. Separately for grades 3,4,5,6 reading below grade level. This CD-ROM series builds understanding of both story context and content. Students will integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. For Macintosh and Windows. Houghton Mifflin.

Reading Software. Grades 3-8. These eight software packages offer activities that reinforce vocabulary, comprehension, and thinking skills. Harcourt Brace.

PWR: Macmillan Literature Composition Software. Separately for grades 7,8,9,10,11,12. Topics include writing about literature, writing about social studies, writing about science, and creative writing. Uses the Writing Process of prewriting, writing, and revising to help students generate and organize ideas into meaningful written form. For IBM, Macintosh, and Apple IIc, IIe. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

PWR: Macmillan English Composition Software. Separately for grades 9,10,11,12. This writing software encourages students to become actively involved in the Writing Process (prewriting, writing, and revising). For IBM and Apple IIc, IIe. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill.

Glencoe Integrated Learning System. Grades 6-12. This learning system provides individualized diagnosis, instruction, testing, and reporting. The program's private, self-paced approach helps learners of all ages achieve success in the reading and writing skills they need. The system operates on a Local Area Network, a Wide Area Network, or a stand-alone personal computer. Glencoe/McGraw-Hill

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