Higher Order Thinking
Including Critical Thinking Skills
What HAPPY Reading Has for Me

Higher thoughts, deeper thinking-- however you characterize it, this is at a premium in today’s world. According to many, the ability to think and to communicate beyond the superficial, beyond mere recitation of facts and figures, beyond acquiescing to perpetual following... and instead aspiring to uncommon leadership when needed… these modes of thinking and behaving will be even more essential for success in the future. Our emphasis on establishing solid reading skills and reading both widely and deeply are geared towards development of higher order thinking. And the activities we suggest (coming September 2011), which are reserved for registered members only, have the same aim. We’d like to direction your attention specifically to the following:


As a HAPPY visitor:

HOT Cards
Coming in the fall of 2011, books recommended as read-alouds by HAPPY will have a HOT (Higher Order Thinking) Card available for purchase through the website. These can be purchased by any guest, but registered members receive discounted pricing.

As a registered member:

Content Area Reading and Writing Practice
Coming in the fall of 2011, each of our reader’s theater scripts will connect with activities for reading and writing practice and for the development of higher order thinking skills. These activities will be available for members only.

As you review the Detail page for each RT script, you see a place for three types of activities—

1) Picture, Prose and Poetry
2) How Do You Know?
3) What If

Instructional activities under each of these headings will prompt thinking, writing, discussion and further reading related to the standard and/or content area addressed in that particular RT script. It is the fervent desire of HAPPY to create more reasons for learners to engage in motivated, authentic, focused reading and writing and to spend less time on activities that may not serve them academically quite as well. Our suggested activities will span the continuum of the new Bloom’s taxonomy (affectionately known as Bloom 2.0)… from remembering to creating, with an emphasis on the upper regions.

Only members have access to these activities which complement content area learning. You may register to become a member here: http://happyreading.org/Register.aspx

Members only Archive

As a registered member, you will have access to all features and articles, even after they archive.

HAPPY52 Tips
Members receive weekly delivery of Reading Raves and Reminders in their e-mail to help keep teaching practices sharp and student skill sharper. Some of these tips relate to higher thinking.

Coming in early fall, this one of a kind resource will help you to connect real, high quality children’s literature with essential instructional goals. You’ll also be able to create text sets and identify books by author, illustrator, series, content area, reading level and much more.

Each book reviewed in the BookMine will have aHOT (Higher Order Thinking) Card. The cards provide questions and conversation starters to use with listeners in read-aloud settings. HOT Cards will be available to registered members at a discounted price.

Join at today’s low price and make your HAPPY Reading experience even more of a great value for you and your students.

Members also get HAPPY Services-- including HAPPY Primary, READ UP, WORD, HAPPY Preschool, HAPPY Transitions and Bibliotherapy-- at special pricing. Workshops for both parents and education professionals are also available at discounted pricing. Write lovebooks@happyreading.org to inquire and discuss specific needs.


Registering as a member gives you the satisfaction of knowing you’ve joined a community of educators, learners, leaders and book lovers who are all about exploring better and more effective ways to coach learners to greater success. When you are at work, HAPPY Reading will be available to work alongside you to help reach higher goals. When you’re not at work, HAPPY Reading will be working steadily to bring you more stories of excellence and creative approaches to learning that will be ready when you are. Join us.

Becoming a registered member costs just pennies a day, per student. Some people spend more than this amount on a single book that may have much more limited use. You can purchase up to three years of membership at the low, introductory price. Schools and divisions may also purchase for up to three years at this same per-license rate. And referring friends, colleagues, other schools or other divisions can lead to even greater benefits for you and for them.

Special introductory price: $39.99. To register: http://happyreading.org/Register.aspx

We are HAPPY to entertain any questions:register@happyreading.org