Reading Program Opens Students' Eyes to Classic Literature

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Reading Program Opens Students' Eyes To Classic Literature

Virtually every elementary school strives to engender among its young students an interest in reading, an appreciation of the many worlds accessible through books. Methods of ach ieving this vary, as do their levels of success.

The reading program at Nuview Elementary School in Nuevo, Calif., is one of those to have proved highly effective. Based upon computerized reading enrichment software from Readup, Inc. of Port Edwards, Wis., it offers the incentives of good books and an awards system.

Nuview--which serves 675 students, approximately one-third of them Hispanic--has Apple IIGS computers in eight classrooms and 32 older Apple IIE computers consolidated in a networked computer lab. Ten copies of Accelerated Reader software are used, one for each of the eight fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade classrooms and two others for special-education and "pull-out" classes.

Suitable for students between the age of 8 and 18, the $300 program (also available for Commodore computers) provides a three-part, 150-book reading lits. The user selects a book, reads it and then tests his or her comprehension of the book at a microcomputer. The on-screen, real-time tests are scored by the software, which accumulates results for each child and for the class as a whole.

Thoughtful Reading

Rober E. Clarke, the Nuview School District's computer coordinator, says one of the reasons the Accelerated Reader was adopted by the school is that it requires students to thoughtfully read entire books. "We feel this approach is superior to programs that present a student with a paragraph of text on the screen, then question the student on that paragrph," he says.

The automatic administrative and recordkeeping functions of the program were a second factor in its purchase, and the actual reading selections wre another. …


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