This app has 26 stories about adventures, activities, nature, and human interests. All require careful reading to comprehend and recall details in order to answer the comprehension questions that follow. The student is asked to determine the main idea of the story, answer some questions that rely on details in the story, and make an inference that is supported by the details. At the end of each story, there is an open-ended question for discussion.
Ideally, the student will work with a parent, teacher, or therapist while using the app. The mentor can guide the student’s reading strategies while using the app as a source of stories and questions.
Reading for Details I has short sentences with words that are are appropriate for third-grade readers. Paragraphs are usually short. Sentence structure is simple and information is directly stated.
Target Audience: This app was designed for individuals who need extra practice with reading comprehension and learning how to recall specific details of stories. It is also appropriate for children and adults with traumatic brain injuries or stroke.
Just $3.99 on the App Store.
Information for Professionals:
Some individuals may need to address comprehension at the word or sentence level, but the eventual goal is comprehension at the paragraph and story level. It requires visual discrimination, and reading comprehension.
Higher level comprehension skills are required to understand the main idea, predict outcomes, conclude consequences, and evaluate the relevance of the material to personal life events. The app provides practice opportunities for improving reading comprehension and oral expressive language skills.
Rationale: The stories require multiple processing skills in attention, memory, inferential thinking, and comprehension.