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STAAR Master Companion Series Reading & Math


Now your STAAR® program can be stronger than ever!

ALL-NEW STAAR MASTER® Companion Student Work Texts Repeated test practice in a themed lesson/unit format that incorporates a new, “mixed-practice” approach to cover the entire learning process.

Highlights of Companion Work Texts for Reading:

  • Authentic reading passages reflect the kinds of selections students might encounter on the actual STAAR®
  • Texts are appropriate for grade level (based on several readability formulas)
  • Questions and activities focus on the STAAR-eligible reading TEKS
  • Questions and activities labeled for easy identification of the TEKS-based standard and expectation
  • Questions and activities labeled with complexity level (L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High)
  • Material arranged in lessons (or units)
  • Separate activities provided for prereading, vocabulary, passage summary, practice, reading strategies, and post-reading
  • Web-based reading extension provided at the end of each lesson

Highlights of Companion Work Texts for Math:

  • Introductory pages present each new topic or skill
  • Numerous examples provide clear, concise explanations for new topics or skills
  • Questions and activities focus on the STAAR®-eligible mathematics TEKS
  • Activities labeled for easy identification of the TEKS-based standard and expectation
  • Activities labeled with complexity level (L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High)
  • Questions and prompts encourage peer interaction, discussion of learning tasks, and different problem-solving methods
  • Open-ended and extended-response tasks require students to do more than “find the right answer”
  • Clear emphasis on the use of precise mathematical vocabulary

When paired with our STAAR MASTER Student Practice Books, your classrooms will be fully prepared to achieve STAAR success!


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Comprehension Toolkit

Stephanie Harvey Comprehension Toolkits



Comprehension Toolkit


“We teach the reader, not just the reading. We want children to be lifelong learners who read actively and independently across the curriculum, who engage their minds and understand what they read. The Toolkit lessons and practices teach kids to use comprehension strategies to ‘read to learn’ as they encounter information and ideas in a wide variety of nonfiction texts.”
—Stephanie Harvey & Anne Goudvis




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Text Connections

Teach the reading and analysis of key text types, using four types of books, plus poetry.
Leveled texts, organized into K-6 topic sets with poetry anthologies, build knowledge and develop literacy skills.

  • Informational, Opinion, and two Narrative books explore one topic in diverse ways.
  • Close Reading instruction is explicitly supported in each book’s Teacher’s Guide.
  • Text-Dependent Comprehension cards provide prompts for evidence-based answers.
  • Cross-Text Analysis cards for each topic set encourage evaluation of content.

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Reader’s Theater Classics


Famous People, Famous Words

Engage middle school students in learning about historic documents and authors.

24 multi-leveled scripts provide multiple cross-text perspectives on diverse eras, cultures, and genres.

  • Improve literary analysis and text-based answers.
  • Bring complex text to life in the classroom.
  • Actively explore differing opinions about key issues.
  • Link biography and drama to primary sources.

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ACT Now!

Act NowDevelop close reading skills through guided collaborative practice.

Close reading books for Grades 3-8 contain six units, each linked by a common theme with three reading passages of increasing length and complexity.

  • Expose students to a wide range of genres and text types.
  • Consumable student books encourage annotation on the page.
  • Collaborative conversations build speaking and listening skills.

Teacher’s Guides include links to key standards and suggestions for citing text evidence. Model Lessons for Close Reading professional development book helps scaffold the close reading process.

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