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ERIC Number: ED020969
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 5
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SPRINGBOARDS, TEXTS THE STUDENTS STEAL.
HARRIS, CHARLES
ON THE PREMISE THAT GHETTO YOUTH ARE NONREADERS MAINLY BECAUSE MOST READING MATERIALS ARE UNINSPIRED, MIDDLE-CLASS, AND ANTISEPTIC, THE SPRINGBOARDS READING PROGRAM WAS DEVELOPED. PRESENTLY IMPLEMENTED IN HARLEM (NEW YORK CITY) "STREET ACADEMIES," THE PROGRAM UTILIZES A SERIES OF FOUR-PAGE BOOKLETS DESIGNED TO INTEREST DISADVANTAGED MALE DROPOUTS AND MOTIVATE THEM TO READ. THE VOCABULARY IS AT THE FOURTH- TO SIXTH-GRADE LEVEL. THE YOUTHS' SUGGESTIONS ARE USED IN CHOOSING READING TOPICS OF MAXIMUM INTEREST. AMONG THE TYPES OF STORIES MOST IN DEMAND ARE THOSE ABOUT JOB SITUATIONS, URBAN PROBLEMS, SPORTS, AND NEGRO LEADERS AND OTHER SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE. ACADEMIC SUBJECT MATTER IS INTEGRALLY WOVEN INTO THESE STORIES. IN A CONTROLLED CLASSROOM EXPERIMENT STUDENTS USING THIS MATERIAL SHOWED SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN READING. THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE "SOUTHERN EDUCATION REPORT," VOLUME 3, NUMBER 6, JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1968. (DK)
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Identifiers: New York (Harlem); NEW YORK URBAN LEAGUE; SPRINGBOARDS READING PROGRAM; STREET ACADEMIES