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Contact: Greg Koenig
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Multiple Strategies Vital to
ST. LOUIS, MO, October 3, 2006 --
Teaching children to read goes well beyond assigning a text and testing on
content. Teachers preparing their students for standardized testing look to
impart various ways for students to approach reading, from free-writing
responses to asking students to make predictions.
Researchers T.K. Borsook and N. Higginbotham-Wheat found that
"[b]y giving learners greater control over various aspects of
instruction, such as pacing and sequencing, they can tailor the instruction
to their own style of learning, thereby enhancing the efficacy and
efficiency of learning."
Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking, a new software title
published by Siboney Learning Group, helps teachers give their students new
ways of tackling reading. This program, designed for students in grades 4
through 9, engages students with a variety of stories and video clips with
corresponding comprehension questions and critical-thinking exercises.
Additionally, students control the story choice and pacing as well as
whether or not to hear the story read aloud.
"We are very proud to be on the cutting-edge of reading
education with the release of Reading Comprehension and Critical
Thinking," said William D. Edwards, President of Siboney Learning
Group. "This program addresses tasks that students will encounter on
the new SAT, such as more critical reading passages and the addition of the
With inference required in 30% to 60% of the comprehension
questions, Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking goes beyond asking
students to read and recall; students draw upon their own similar
experiences to answer questions and complete exercises, connecting them to
the reading and its meaning.
Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking is available as a
single title through Siboney Learning Group's Gamco product line or as part
of a comprehensive solution through Orchard Software, which also provides
standards-based assessments and automatic targeted assignments. With more
than 150 Skill Trees covering over 3,000 concepts, Orchard's assessments
are designed to ensure that students are working on the specific skills
they need to master in order to meet challenging academic standards as well
as each school district's learning objectives.
Siboney Learning Group is a dynamic publisher, integrator, and
provider of comprehensive and motivational software. Its associates are
passionate about the success of children and adult learners and are
committed to playing a leading role in their education by providing