The Content Area Reading
Inventory (CARI) is a teacher created assessment to determine at what
level the students are able to read the class textbook. The
assessment uses a 250 to 500 word passage directly from the textbook or
reading material and asks 10 questions on a variety of comprehension
levels from Bloom's Taxonomy. The types of questions asked on the
CARI are typical kinds of questions asked on standardized tests such as
the SAT and ACT. The teacher can then determine what types of
questions the students typically miss and also evaluate how much
instruction is going to be needed in the classroom to insure that all
students understand the intended message and comprehend the concepts in
the reading material. Be sure to also read the article and the
directions for the CARI in the collections booklet.
To complete this
assignment you will need to:
1. Read the information on the CARI in the
2. Review the internet sites listed below to learn
more about content area reading inventories.
3. Create your own CARI from a textbook or reading
passage that you think that your students will use in class.