Comprehension is one of the most important skills for secondary students today. It affects their performance across the curriculum and is a skill they will use throughout their lives.
Lessons in Inside the Text are centered on one-page selections with before-, during-, and after-reading exercises that promote close reading and comprehension. The selections are engaging and interesting to students, with topics that include Taser use, civil rights, and sports.
As elementary students transition into middle and high school, one of the main instructional shifts that they struggle with is the new focus on informational texts (instead of stories or narratives). If students can recognize text structure, they can use it to help them understand the ideas that are being presented. Inside the Text uses the following logical sequence to help create close readers who will be able to make inferences and interpret informational texts in other content areas.