Reach Kids Where They're At: Give Them Something To Read
My students need 10 sets of books they can read such as "Snitch", "Crash" and "Breaking Point".
"The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the more places you will go."- Dr Seuss. But what if you don't have access to materials that you can actually read? The answer is you are not going anywhere. This is precisely the challenge facing struggling readers at our school.
This program will help approximately 98 students in grades 9-12 who are reading at or below the 4th grade reading level.
We cannot expect these students to improve their literacy skills unless they are given authentic materials they can engage and interact with. Unfortunately, these students often go through entire school days without reading anything at all because we do not have texts written on their level. Our students want to improve their reading! They want to pass their drivers examinations, score proficient on their state tests, and lead independent, fulfilling lives after they graduate!
Research has proven that struggling readers can increase their reading levels by approximately 1.5 grade levels each year, given that they are reading material that is challenging, but below their frustration level. Many guided reading programs exist for younger readers who are struggling, but our high schoolers need just as much support with texts that are both readable and developmentally appropriate. With access to the high interest, lower reading- level books we are requesting, our struggling readers will have appropriate and engaging texts to read and interact with on a daily basis. These books are written specifically for teenage audiences reading below the 4th grade reading level. This means our students can improve their literacy skills without being forced to read content that seems too "boring" or "babyish" to a high school audience.
Reading is a superpower.
Help us fight the literacy crisis in the City of Philadelphia by ensuring that our school is graduating fully literate students. All students, no matter their race, gender, income, or learning exceptionalities deserve quality literacy instruction.
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