KEY into evaluation
Chris Parkin, Catherine Parkin, Brian Pool
© 2005 Triune Initiatives revised 2008
KEY comprehension series. 3rd of 3 separate resources
• Evaluation is complex inference - reaction requires evaluation
• Requires readers to reorganise information & make inferences
• Evaluation is in all forms of writing: basic readers to academic treatises
• Readers must unravel all text information before giving an opinion
A graded resource with an extensive range of original,
well-crafted material designed to:
• meet the needs of a wide range of students
• demonstrate (model) how evaluation & reaction works
• provide practise examples using fiction & non-fiction texts.
2. Guide & Answers
FOR USE BY
specialists and classroom teachers
FOR USE WITH
• 8 year olds to adults - wherever English is being read
• use with competent younger students who decode well
• use orally with older students whose decoding ages are low
Individual, groups (as part of a guided reading program)
1. Copymaster book (96 pages)
2. Guide & Answers book (44 pages)
Three graded levels in one resource:
Level One decoding levels 8 – 10 years
Level Two decoding levels 10 – 12 years
Level Three decoding levels 12 – 14 years
At each level, evaluation & reaction is introduced
in single paragraphs/short texts.
There are models at each level.
This is followed by practice material in the form of complete texts.
Level Three texts include:
history, geography, science, technology, news, sports news, biography, leisure reviews, comment, advertising, consumer information.
• Three graded levels in the one resource
• Photocopiable material
• 88 pages of sentences, paragraphs and texts
• Fiction and non-fiction material at every level
• Progressive developmental process
• Full answers to all questions
• Comprehensive, user-friendly guide
with instructions & extension activities
• Can be used with individuals, groups or whole classes
• Proved to be very successful with older students and adults
KEY words with all answers,
demonstrating how a competent reader would reorganise texts.
ADDITIONAL G&A BOOKS
Additional Guide & Answer books
are available to schools if a full kit has been purchased.
to private individuals, private education/tuition providers, itinerant or specialists.
SUITABLE FOR ...
• 8+ years - adults.
• Competent readers under 8+ yrs
• Poor decoders (when used orally)
Each KEY resource has 3 levels based on decoding
8 - 10 years
12 - 14+ years
They are are suitable for students 8+ years who are able to read above an 8 year decoding level, have a reasonable vocabulary and knowledge of the world. Texts are not age specific. Older students can work at Level One without feeling patronised.
Competent decoders younger than 8yrs could work at Level One (at least with reorganisation and inference) to accelerate their comprehension skills.
Older, poor decoders can benefit from having the texts read aloud. They can learn the comprehension skills without having to struggle with independent reading.
ESOL students learn to cope with the nuances of English language without local or minority variations.
Also in the key series
1 KEY into reorganisation
2 KEY into inference
3 KEY into evaluation
There are three titles in the KEY comprehension series that address a variety of skills and levels of thinking. To be successful, students should be reasonably competent with all the skills.
Because the skills are interconnected and hierarchical they should be presented in order.
reorganisation requires searching a text for scattered, literal information and is the most basic skill. This is not as easy as may be thought and must be mastered (at least to Level One: 8 -10 years decoding) before proceeding to inference.
inference deals with information requiring thinking beyond the words. Knowledge of reorganisation is a sub-skill. Inference must be mastered (at least to Level One: 8 -10 years decoding) before proceeding to evaluation.
evaluation (and reaction) involves a significant merging of both reorganisation and inference.
PROBE & THE KEY SERIES
The KEY comprehension series
is directly linked to PROBE question types of reorganisation, inference, evaluation & reaction