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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

Lead a Literacy Intervention
with Large Print
New research on improving reading comprehension and confidence

A District Administration Web Seminar Digest * Originally presented on October 17, 2019

More school districts are discovering that large-print books advance literacy and yield better learning outcomes
across grade levels.
New research conducted by Project Tomorrow®, at the request of Thorndike Press, a Gale Company, also proves
that large-print books boost reading confidence and comprehension skills.
In this web seminar, the CEO of Project Tomorrow® and a panel of educators discussed key findings from a
yearlong national study, and outlined best practices from educators and administrators who benefited from using
large print as a literacy intervention tool.

Julie Evans: In designing the study, we wanted to
determine the impact of students having access to largeprint titles-on their skill development with reading, their
self-efficacy regarding their reading abilities, what they felt
about the reading experience, and their academic results.
We saw that the students who had access to large-print
books believed their reading comprehension improved
because of it. We also saw that students who had the
opportunity to read large-print books started reading more
outside of school and also participating more in classroom
discussions about the books.
Three-quarters of the teachers said their students
demonstrated better comprehension and better retention
with the large-print books. Two-thirds of the teachers also
noted a reduction in stress and anxiety.
We found that reading large-print text is a valuable
literacy intervention across all types of learners.
Victor Chapa: A big concern for librarians is the stigma that
students can experience when they use resources that may

make them feel like they're being accommodated. These
books looked so similar that the concern was addressed.
They say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I
think in this case you should. I couldn't tell the difference.
Another neat feature is that the Machine-Readable
Cataloging (MARC) data notes that an edition is large
print, which allows students to find these titles in catalog
searches. We also noticed that Thorndike Press has offered
some of the books on vendor lists, which librarians
normally use for orders. I'm excited to know that quality
texts and books of high-literary merit are available for us
to purchase.
Joanna Dehn: One of the things that I've always done in
my class is to establish student-choice book groups. I want
students to have the experience of mirroring what adults
may do as serious readers-and that is to pick a book
they're all interested in and meet together to discuss it.
I have noticed a lack of complaining from students.
Not one student has said, "This is too much reading. I can't


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