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Programs - Reading Skills

Children learn to read in the same way they learn to speak, gradually, with lots of    practice, with encouragement and by making mistakes.

Research shows that no reading program is complete without motivation. As we think about ways to motivate students, we need to distinguish between two different kinds of motivation. When students are motivated to read because they enjoy reading and think   reading is valuable, we call that intrinsic motivation. When they’re motivated by outside factors, like rewards or deadlines, we call that extrinsic motivation. Our goal is to have kids become intrinsically motivated to read. In order for them to get there, we have to help them along. In many cases, we have to start with extrinsic motivation and outline a path that lets students see that they can generate some intrinsic motivation themselves—that they can set their own best effort and operate at the top of their potential.

We are currently modelling a Scholastic Literacy Pro program at Alvie Consolidated School, among many things this program empowers students by allowing them to choose their own literature. The wide variety of matched literature available gives students many topics to choose from both online and in book form. Literacy Pro follows these three basic principles:

MATCH children to good fit books

MONITOR achievement of reading goals

MOTIVATE children to read more

The comprehensive way of matching readers to books is Lexile. Lexile measures are based on over 30 years of research and are the most widely adopted measure of reading level and text difficulty. Educators and students use Lexile measures to select books at a level that will challenge students – not so difficult as to be frustrating, but difficult enough to encourage reading development.