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Picture Books Contained Within the PLD Comprehension Questions Resources

Picture books form part of the PLD early learning literacy comprehension questions program. Teachers may find it useful to have a better understanding of the association between the recommended reading material and the PLD Comprehension Questions Program. We received the following question from a teacher.

Dear Diana, I was enquiring whether you have skill sets – Oral Language Comprehension (blank level questions) for the following books in yours Skill Set Series. It cannot work out from the catalogue information what books are listed on the booklists as part of the sets in each age group.

  • The Snowman – Raymond Briggs
  • Always Arthur – Amanda Graham and Donna Gynel
  • Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion
  • Edward the Emu – Sheena Knowles
  • Edwina the Emu – Sheena Knowles
  • Little White Dogs Can’t Jump – Brauce Whatley and Rosie Smith
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr
  • Possum Magic – Mem Fox and Julie Vivas
  • The Rainbow Fish – Marcus Pfister
  • Farmer Duck – Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury
  • Belinda – Pamela Allen
  • John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat – Jenny Wagner
  • Where’s Stripey? – Wendy Binks
  • Alexander and the No Good, Horrible, very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
  • Mr McGee – Pamela Allen.

These books have been included as part of my take home set for the Term 4 home reading program at my school using some of the books in the A4 blank level question cards in the series (5 year old comprehension questions). It would be nice not to have to reinvent questions if they are already available in your series.

The PLD Comprehension Questions Program contains a range of A4 cards with questions and appropriate responses for a set of recommended books. To see which recommended books are used within each resource you can download PLD’s Recommended Reading Books for the age range that you are dealing with. For example: If you are wanting to know the list of books used within 5-Year-Old Comprehension Questions then you will find them on PLD’s free download Recommended Reading Books for 5-Year-Olds. PLD provides free supportive downloads in the Free Downloads section that is on each of our Age Category pages (3 & 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, Year 1 & 2, Year 3, 4, 5 & 6).

We don’t list the picture books within the catalogue, as we presume that teachers will buy the PLD comprehension questions program first and then source the respective books listed in the program second.

The PLD Comprehension Questions associated with each picture book were designed by speech pathologists and aim to increase comprehension skills in Junior and Middle Primary classrooms. Some of the program features include:

  • Lists of developmentally appropriate picture books and comprehension questions.
  • Samples of age-appropriate answers and samples of inadequate answers.
  • Techniques and strategies to implement when a child provides an inadequate answer.
  • An instruction booklet that outlines how the resource can be presented to a whole class, small groups or individual home setting.
  • Each card reminds the importance of repeated reading of picture books and outlines a collection of questions to be asked on day 1, then further questions to be asked on days 2, 3 and 4.
  • Two easy-to-administer progress checks; are included, to check on the acquisition of comprehension questioning ability.

You might also find it useful to know that demonstration video clips exist for each program and are useful when explaining to parents how to run programs. Please view the 5-Year-Old Comprehension Questions clip as an example.

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