District Administration - July 2006 - (Page 36)

Making Reading Count Districts are trying many strategies from more time on task, extra non-fiction texts and reading coaches to boost scores for struggling students BY RON SCHACHTER I n Okemos, Mich., Paula Pulter's fi rst grade class at the Cornell Elementary School has covered units on Ameri- ca n history, the Revolutionary War, U.S. presidents, A nd this approach is just one of weather and recycling. At the Thorn Apple Elementary several initiatives from increas- School in Grand Rapids, Nancy Lass had led her second i ngly sophisticated computer programs to five-year literacy graders through a six-week unit reading and writing about plans that are enhancing reading microscopic animals. and writing as usual, and with some Forays into science and social studies might be familiar impressive results. ground to many a primary school teacher, but these Michi- Nell Duke, an associate professor ga n classrooms stand apart. The non-fiction texts students of teacher education at Michigan State University, is a leading advo- are fi nding in these subject areas are at the core of teaching cate for bringing more informational them to read. These students and teachers are part of an texts into the elementary classroom. accelerating movement to bring more informational texts She says while many primary grade into the reading curriculum, and to expand student literacy students read non-fiction, from biog- in the process. raphy to geography, these materials 36 July 2006 District Administration reading.w.indd 36 6/19/06 11:39:32 AM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - July 2006

Contents
Editor's Letter
Letters
Update
Inside the Law
Curriculum Update
Administrator Profile
District Profile
Mixed Reviews
Making Reading Count
No-Nonsense Networking
Cover Story: Money Talks
Making Choices
The Online Edge
Speaking Out
Public Opinion
Problem/Solution
New Products
By the Numbers

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