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ERIC Number: ED055750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 7
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A Departmentalized High School Reading Program.
Stowe, Elaine
An individualized reading program was instituted in several terminal classes at the sophomore and junior levels in a Sacramento, California, high school. The students read at levels ranging from virtual nonreaders to seventh grade and did not intend to go to school after high school. The program involved transforming the classroom arrangement to include tables and chairs, assorted audiovisual equipment, typewriters, and a library of materials. Kits of materials such as job application forms and sociodramas were available. Study guides suggested how to develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills and an appreciation for literature. All activities and materials emphasized teenage interests such as getting a job, owning a car, and having fun. Class size was limited to 20, a teacher was selected for his rapport with students and received inservice training in teaching reading, and a teacher aide and volunteers were hired to take care of the clerical work, tutoring, and record keeping. Vocabulary building, critical thinking, word attack skills, and comprehension were the primary reading skills developed in the students. Positive attitudes toward reading were encouraged through oral activities such as drama, discussions, and oral reading. (AL)
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