Thinking Reader

For Grades 5 – 8
Thinking ReaderThinking Reader

Improve reading comprehension for your struggling readers and special needs students

Thinking Reader is an innovative, research-validated program that systematically builds reading comprehension skills for students reading below grade level.

Product Features


  • Research-based and validated
  • The only software program to use the unabridged text of award-winning core literature
  • Provides instruction on 7 proven reading comprehension strategies:
  • Summarizing
  • Clarifying
  • Visualizing
  • Reflecting
  • Questioning
  • Predicting
  • Feeling
  • 5 levels of embedded reading comprehension support for individualized instruction
  • Quizzes within the literature test recall, inference, and vocabulary skills
  • Tracks specific student performance and general class progress; view, print, or export 6 reports to monitor improvement
  • A contextual glossary aids vocabulary development and includes Spanish translations for ELL students
  • Human voice narration feature with synchronized highlighting helps build fluency
  • Meets the latest guidelines on universal accessibility:
  • Adjustable font size
  • Keyboard navigation
  • text-captioning
  • Screen reader compatibility
  • Offers an extensive library of great classroom reading:
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
  • My Brother Sam Is Dead by James and Christopher Collier
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Research-based and validated

Meets State and National Standards

Your students will:

  • Apply reading strategies to improve understanding and fluency
  • Read and interpret a variety of literary works
  • Understand and acquire new vocabulary
  • Monitor their own comprehension and make modifications when understanding breaks down
  • Answer different types and levels of questions such as open-ended, literal, and interpretative as well as test-like questions such as multiple choice and short answer
  • Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, interpret, and raise questions in response to texts
  • Paraphrase and summarize text to recall, inform, or organize ideas
  • Describe mental images that text descriptions evoke
Download Your Free e-Kit!

Download Your Free e-Kit!

Download your free Thinking Reader e-Kit, containing:

  • Overview Brochure
  • Professional Paper
  • Reports Guide
  • Funding Guide