Reading Guides For Virtual Assessment

For years, teachers have used reading activities to induce readers to interact with a text in order to build comprehension.  Probably the most commonly used reading activity is one in which students read a portion of the text and then answer short-answer and multiple-choice questions.  This read-and-answer-questions lesson format is meant to influence and strengthen students’ comprehension, yet teachers still report students, “just don’t understand what they read.”  Reading guides offer another solution. 

Studies report that reading guides:

  • improve reading comprehension
  • benefit all readers
  • increase the transfer of skill to new material, and
  • are a pleasant change from the typical read-and-answer-questions lesson format

What is a Reading Guide?

A reading guide is a formative assessment tool as well as a tool for building comprehension.  Rather than a list of questions, reading guides provide a list of statements about the key ideas, details and inferential thinking prompted by the text.  Some of the statements are true based on details in the text.  Other statements do not match up to the ideas in the text.  After reading, students read through these statements and select those that are true.


Armstrong, D. P., Patberg, J., and Dewitz, P. “Reading Guides-Helping Students Understand.” Journal of Reading, vol. 31, no. 6 (1988), pp. 532-541. 

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3.3 Martin Luther King Jr. 

3.4 Glory Be

Fourth Grade Reading Guides by Virtual Read-Aloud Unit (Coming Soon!)

4.1 Shiloh (Now Available!)

4.2 The Castle in the Attic

4.5  Aurore of the Yukon

Fifth Grade Reading Guides by Virtual Read-Aloud Unit (Coming Soon!)

5.1 Earthquake Terror (Now Available!)

5.2 Holes

5.4 Kids at Work

Sixth Grade Reading Guides by Virtual Read-Aloud Unit (Coming Soon!)

6.1 The Westing Game (Now Available!)

6.2 Children of the Dust Bowl

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