Evan-Moor has announced Hot Topics High Interest Reading, a supplemental reading product designed for struggling and reluctant readers in grades 4 through 8. While proficient readers use a variety of comprehension strategies before, during, and after reading, struggling readers lack these skills. Hot Topics helps struggling readers to become active readers through direct instruction of strategies and the use of engaging, motivational texts, according to the announcement.
The 4-page cardstock design encourages students to read about subjects such as firefighting, wakeboarding, and dogsledding in a format that is intended to be less intimidating than textbooks. Students experience a broad variety of nonfiction and fiction genres in texts that are similar to what they will read in the real world.
Hot Topics High Interest Reading provides teachers of reading, ELL, and special education with materials to supplement their grade 4-8 reading program. Each of the two Hot Topics levels presents 20 reading selections in a variety of genres such as articles, interviews, biographies, folk tales, and interviews. The Teacher's Guide includes an 8-page unit for each selection providing lesson plans, reading strategies, instructional prompts, and student reproducibles. Two audio CDs assist students who need support by listening to the reading selection. Hot Topics Set A selections have a grade level readability of 2.5-3.0 with Lexile scores between 400 and 520 and Fountas and Pinnell reading levels from J to O. Set B selections have a grade level readability of 3.0-3.5 with Lexile scores between 500 and 610 and Fountas and Pinnell reading levels from K to P.
Each level of Hot Topics (Set A or Set B) may be purchased as a Classroom Kit for $229.99; as a Starter Kit for $74.99; or a Variety Pack for $34.99. The products may be previewed online at www.evan-moor.com.
Source: Evan-Moor, www.evan-moor.com