Pearson has announced the integration of Summary Street, its Web-based reading comprehension and writing instruction tool, with the company's Scott Foresman's Science 2008 textbook series , enabling students in grades 4-6 to build reading comprehension skills while learning science. After reading lessons from the science textbooks, students will use Summary Street to write summaries in their own words and receive immediate feedback. With Summary Street, students develop a skill that good readers naturally possess - the ability to summarize what they read, the announcement states.
Summary Street evaluates student summaries using Pearson's Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine, which automatically evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages. It measures student writing by comparing it with the actual content of the Scott Foresman science lesson and provides feedback on how well students have captured the main ideas in their summaries.
For more information, visit http://godigital.scottforesman.com/science/summarystreet.
Source: Pearson Education, www.pearsoned.com