Complete Comprehension and Understanding Texts and Readers

Available now for preorder! Fiction available in May, Nonfiction available in June

Complete Comprehension brings you everything you need to for goal-directed, strategy-driven instruction to support the comprehension of whole books. Each kit includes:

  • 28 high-quality trade titles
  • a unique whole-book assessment
  • evaluation rubrics
  • 100+ reading strategies to share with readers.


Complete Comprehension Fiction and Nonfiction provide everything you need to:

  • assess a student’s whole-book comprehension via each of the four goals
  • evaluate their facility with the component skills of each goal to plan instruction
  • teach reading strategies directly matched to the needs you identify.

For those familiar with Jen’s work, this Assess, Evaluate, Teach framework is connected to the comprehension progressions she defined in Understanding Texts & Readers and to the instructional ideas in The Reading Strategies Book. In Complete Comprehension, these three pillars of the framework each receive their own teaching guide.


Understanding Texts & Readers makes comprehension make sense. In it, Jennifer Serravallo narrows the distance between assessment and instruction. She maps the four fiction and four nonfiction comprehension goals she presented in The Reading Strategies Book to fourteen text levels and shares sample responses that show what to expect from readers at each.

Jen simplifies text complexity and clarifies comprehension instruction. She begins by untangling the many threads of comprehension: Levels, engagement, stamina, the relevance of texts, and much more.