Literacy Council Shows Dist. 204 New Reading Plan
Sneller, Beth, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Beth Sneller Daily Herald Staff Writer
Indian Prairie Unit District 204 leaders say they hope the district's new reading curriculum will be just the thing to get some children back on track.
Members of the district's Literacy Leadership Council on Monday showed the school board components of the new curriculum they spent the past year developing.
"This is truly the best thing I've ever seen in my life," said Liz Webb, a fifth-grade teacher at Graham Elementary School.
Fifty-five teachers from all schools and grade levels worked together to develop a unified curriculum they say will help children seamlessly ascend from grade to grade.
They finalized the curriculum over the summer and presented their findings to fellow teachers in August.
On the elementary level, teachers will be focused on five reading processes: reading aloud to students; shared reading, in which the teacher reads along with the class; guided reading, in which children read in small groups; independent practice, in which children try reading on their own; and interactive reading, in which children talk about books and stories among themselves.
In middle school, teachers are making more of an effort to help students with reading fluency, learning new words, writing responses to what they have read and comprehending textbooks and literature.
In high school, reading specialists are placing students who have reading trouble in "reading workshop" one period a day. …