Reading for Comprehension
Research-based guided reading for Years F–3
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Complete this form to download the Oxford Reading for Comprehension Teacher Handbook evaluation pack, which includes information about the series, an overview of the Comprehension Skills Framework, implementation support, tips for guided reading and an example lesson plan.

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A guide to the research on best-practice teaching of comprehension in today’s world

At Oxford, we believe a consistent approach to teaching comprehension as part of your overall literacy instruction will help address the comprehension challenge. To support schools to achieve this we have developed a guide to the research on best-practice teaching of comprehension in today’s world.

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Resources for success from day one

250 Guided Reading Texts

The series comprises 250 full-colour engaging fiction and non-fiction books with captivating characters and stories designed to appeal to young Australians. All 250 texts have been carefully levelled for Years F–3 against Oxford Levels 1+ to 11 and Reading Levels 1 to 26*.

The series is organised into 10 popular themes: Fantasy, Animals, Family and Friends, Food, Places, Environment, Health and Sport, Australian Stories, Art, and History. Every text supports the teaching of one of the seven comprehension strategies from the Comprehension Skills Framework.

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A Comprehension Coaching Card for every text

Comprehension Coaching Cards provide before, during and after reading guidance, assisting teachers in modelling and teaching comprehension strategies and the use of metacognitive ‘think aloud’ prompts. Comprehension questions monitor students' use of comprehension skills to provide support before, during and after reading.

Teacher notes for EAL/D students are included to support all readers in the classroom, while practical activities support teachers in monitoring students' comprehension of the text.

Teacher Handbook

The Oxford Reading for Comprehension Teacher Handbook provides clear guidance for the explicit teaching, modelling and practice of comprehension strategies and skills using the Comprehension Skills Framework.

This printed resource provides accessible, focused support for all levels of the series, including an accessible explanation of the Comprehension Skills Framework and its application across the series.

The Teacher Handbook provides definitions and guidance on how to model the comprehension strategies and skills, and use the metacognitive think aloud prompts and strategy tips. The Teacher Handbook also offers guidance on monitoring and assessment using the program.

Oxford Owl

Additional downloadable resources for Oxford Reading for Comprehension are available on Oxford Owl.

Resources include: 250 Comprehension Activity Sheets, one for every guided reading text, graphic organiser templates for use in the classroom, lists of Oxford Wordlist words featured in every text, flashcards, student assessment record templates, a guided reading text selector tool, videos of in-class guided reading sessions showcasing best practice.

Oxford Reading Buddy NEW – Available in 2019

A selection of Oxford Reading for Comprehension guided reading texts will be available on our unique new digital reading service launching in 2019, along with titles from our Project X, Oxford Reading Tree and TreeTops series.

Oxford Reading Buddy gives every child a virtual reading coach to help them develop deeper comprehension skills. With an eBook library based on the Oxford Levels framework, each child can learn at precisely the right pace, and motivational rewards woven into the reading experience encourage a love of reading.

Teachers are able to track and monitor students’ application of comprehension skills with after-reading quizzes for all Reading for Comprehension texts, based on the Comprehension Skills Framework.


How it works

Teaching and learning pathway

Oxford Reading for Comprehension provides complete support for the development of comprehension strategies and skills through every step of the teaching and learning pathway.

Teach & Model

  • Teacher Handbook
  • Comprehension Coaching Cards

Guided Practice

  • Guided reading texts
  • Comprehension Coaching Cards

Independent Practice

  • Guided reading texts
  • Comprehension Activity Sheets

Monitor and Assess

  • Quizzes on Oxford Reading Buddy
  • Comprehension Activity Sheets

Comprehension Skills Framework

Comprehension Skill Category Linked Comprehension Strategies

Finding information

  • Determine importance
  • Monitor comprehension
  • Activate prior knowledge
  • Ask questions
  • Visualise

Making connections and inferences

  • Infer
  • Predict
  • Monitor comprehension
  • Visualise
  • Ask questions
  • Activate prior knowledge
  • Determine importance

Understanding vocabulary

  • Monitor comprehension
  • Infer
  • Visualise
  • Ask questions

Using structure and organisation to make meaning

  • Monitor comprehension
  • Determine importance
  • Infer
  • Activate prior knowledge

Appreciating and understanding author’s toolkit

  • Infer
  • Activate prior knowledge
  • Ask questions
  • Visualise

At home reading

Parent notes are included on the inside front cover of every guided reading text. These provide easy-to-use guidance for productive reading sessions at home, reinforcing the work taking place in the classroom.

Easy-to-use guidance

Instructions have been carefully worded for ease of use and include tips to help parents with reluctant or struggling readers.

Questions reflect the Comprehension Skills Framework,
encouraging reading for meaning, reading for
pleasure, and reinforcing classroom work.

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Introductory Offer

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Place a Value Pack order before the end of Term 1, 2019 to get 10–20% off the RRP AND receive a 90-day free trial subscription to Oxford Reading Buddy. Value Pack options are shown below – contact your local Oxford Education Consultant today for more information.

  • 1–5
  • 68 title packs
    + Teacher Handbook
    9780190026851 $3,400 $3,060 $340
    YEAR 1A
  • 6–12
  • 54 title packs
    + Teacher Handbook
    9780190026868 $2,700 $2,430 $270
    YEAR 1B
    5–7 13–17 64 title packs
    + Teacher Handbook
    9780190026875 $3,325 $2,993 $333
    YEAR 2 & 3
    8–11 18–26 64 title packs
    + Teacher Handbook
    9780190026882 $3,650 $3,285 $365
    Whole Series
    1–11 1–26 250 title packs
    + 4 Teacher Handbooks
    9780190026899 $13,000 $10,400 $2,600

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