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Old 09-05-2011, 05:18 PM
 
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OK teachers, I need help. My 6th grader brought home a diagnostic report (through Star Reading) that shows he's at a 4th grade reading level, and that on a national score his percentile rank is 17%. I knew that he didn't like to read, and was close to being Title 1, and doesn't have good comprehension skills, but I'm not sure what to do at this point besides having him read more. (I think I will read a page, then have him read a page for at least 20 min. a night.)
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Hmmmm...
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Is it a matter or "liking" to read, or something else? Could he have difficulty reading and that is what is making him dislike it? Forcing him to read isn't going to make him like reading any better.

I would possibly find someone to do testing to find out if there is a visual processing problem or something else. It's time to put on the detective hat and do some investigating.
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What about reading
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on a Kindle or something different that makes reading seem "cool." Have you tried graphic novels, comics, Diary of a Wimpy Kid?
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This is a test that only tests vocabulary in isolation, so it isn't testing ALL reading skills. It is a good indicator of a problem. Reading 20 minutes per night is a minimum that all sixth graders should do just to stay caught up with peers. Your son needs more than that at this point. It would be great to get him tested to find out what reading skills are holding him back.

With that said, one way to help at home is to have more literary activities at home. Buy him magazines. Model reading at home. Go to movies and discuss the plot, characters, etc.

If he says he doesn't like to read, try nonfiction, magazines, etc. Have him build up his reading stamina starting with 10 minutes, move to 15 and then 20. You can lead a kid to books, but you can't make them read. Kids can stare at books for 20 minutes, read words, but not THINK about what they are reading. Nonreaders think they are reading because they were reading the words. After he reads, ask him what he read.

Your idea that you read a page and then he reads a page is a good one. If he does not read the book chosen fluently, then the book is too hard for him. Choose an easier book. The book has to challenge him a little, but not interrupt fluent reading. Don't judge him for choosing an easy book. That may be his level. Good luck.
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Imalith gave good advice. I would also add using audio assisted reading. I have used it with my son and several struggling reader students- it enables them to "keep up" with their peers by reading higher level books without fumbling over the vocab. What all of these kids have told me is that they know and understand unknown words once they hear them, but stumbling over them gets them frustrated and ruins the story.

In the classroom, students can use audio assisted every other book, and it has to be at the upper end or above their current independent reading level.

My son is a sophomore, and enjoys reading along with an audio. He actually likes stories, and has won 3 writing awards. He simply doesn't read well. but he has gotten a lot better.


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Thank you to all who responded!
Old 09-09-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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I LOVE to read so I've modeled that since they were babies. I'm the type who will read the bag of a toilet paper package just to be reading. On the other hand, in 17 years of marriage I've never seen my husband pick up a book or magazine to read. I think he takes after his dad.

I'm glad to know that this test is basically for vocabulary, but he is still way behind. He sort of likes Diary of a Wimpy kid. I just ordered him Persy Jackson set that he wanted. I will read these with him. He likes action. Any suggestions for action books?

Thanks again...
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I don't know if your son's school uses this computer program or not, but the Read Naturally program has had some great success at my DD's school. I was talking to the reading specialist yesterday who coordinates the parent volunteers (who help with Read Naturally). She said there had been really good success this past year. She felt like there were several different things that help. R.N. is a computer program so with this techie generation it's high interest and it holds ADHD kids' attention. There are many different stories (fiction and non-fiction) at each levels. Students have to answer multiple choices and written answer questions. The volunteers help with the fluency part of the program and also look over the written answers. Students work at the own level at their own pace and are given frequent feedback. There might be a version that parents can purchase.
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Something you also want to make sure you're doing is discussing what you're reading with him. Ask questions, make predictions (and revisit those predictions), practice picturing things out loud, etc. The thing about kids who have a hard time reading is that they often don't know HOW to use those comprehension skills, so they need good readers to model them.
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