Traditional reading questions can dissect a good story to death! The Reading Companion’s unique enlightening questions maximize retention, comprehension, critical thinking and genuine love for reading with any story through connecting, reflecting and affecting. Reading specialist created, this easily internalized guide will engage your higher self when used individually and/or unite “book clubs” of all shapes, sizes and ability levels: couples, families, students, teachers, friends, non-readers, advanced, motivated, reluctant and avid readers in sharing their lives and perspectives. All will capture the special messages, guidance and inspiration from any story to turn into actions that make this a better world. Details and facts will hold in your mind automatically as you ignite higher levels of thinking. You don’t need to know the theory and best reading strategies as they do their magic in this fun hands-on reusable tool that promises to make any story come and stay alive.
The Reading Companion’s uniquely generic questions combine Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) across the story elements to ensure critical thinking resulting in focused reading that has yielded dramatic results in student achievement and motivation across cultures and ability levels. These questions have proven an exciting tool because they are easily internalized and transferred to any story until the process becomes automatic; reading is actively engaged. This innovative focus turns reading into a mindful, peaceful activity, full of awesome moments of seeing the connections, reflections and messages in any story.
All stories become magical in their own way. The questions in The Reading Companion have been reading specialist, Teri Azar’s, number one tool in uniting students, families, teachers and communities in reading throughout her 39-year career.
English learners have often commented how easily the questions allow them to speak English because they love thinking about them and their motivation overrides their language anxiety; they have been able to bounce back and forth from their native languages to English with the generic questions to build comprehension and avoid the educational gap.
Book clubs have been inspired to make a difference in the world through their shared books and The Reading Companion’s guidance.
The Reading Companion is a proven gem for anyone who loves to read, those who don’t love to read to learn to, teachers and tutors who want a motivating way to build focus, retention, critical thinking and comprehension, English language learners, families, classrooms, book clubs and anyone who wants to savor, connect, remember, critically think, and find real inspiration from any story, including a book, short story, TV series, movie or play.