Mind Reader Years 4-5

U2B Booster Years 4-5

Course Information

Capable readers do not always reach the Upper 2-3 Bands in NAPLAN Reading. In many cases, these students need to develop their higher-order comprehension skills and ability to identify the purpose and main idea of a text.

Mind Reader students enter the mind of the author. Students learn a range of simple, but highly effective, cognitive tools that can be applied when they are required to interpret, analyse and evaluate a range of challenging literary texts.

Target Group

Students should have achieved Band 4, 5 or 6 in Year 3 NAPLAN Reading, 2016 or 2017 (or internal school data indicates that the student is likely to reach the Upper 2 Bands with targeted support).




Lesson Overview

1Introduction to Mind Reader and web conferencing skills
2SCORE strategies overview and introduction to eLearn skills
3Pre-Test: literal, inferential and applied questioning
4Skim over the title and visuals, pick out key words, make predictions
5Connect to text, self and world. Ask questions to clarify meaning.
6Top Level Structures (TLS) – compare/contrast, list-describe-sequence
7Top Level Structures (TLS) – cause and effect, problem and solution
8Comprehension: decoding, visualisation and summarising
9Three level reading guide and the QAR strategy
10Application of the SCORE strategies
11Post-Test: literal, inferential and applied questioning
12Evaluate, extend, reflect and celebrate

Assessment and Reporting



A pre-test provides diagnostic data and identifies student starting points, and a post-test measures distance travelled.

Both tests require students to read a text then answer a series of multiple-choice questions (literal, inferential and applied).

Schools are provided with a report containing pre- and post-test results, attendance data and survey feedback as well as qualitative report card comments for inclusion as an OLA.


Last updated 22 June 2018