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Closing the Achievement Gap in Reading Comprehension One Summer at a Time

Abstract

The purpose of this literature review is to examine the characteristics of effective summer literacy programs offered to underprivileged students. There are mixed results as to whether or not summer reading programs have a significant impact on the growth and development of economically disadvantaged students. Several variables influence the learning outcomes induced by summer reading programs, such as participant motivation, program attendance rates, participant reading ability, curriculum implementation, and other program features. Summer reading programs that consisted of strategic scheduling, systematic curriculum implementation, direct reading instruction, routine meals and snacks, and additional fun activities achieved academic gains and were deemed effective. Research findings show that effective summer literacy programs offered to economically disadvantaged students often minimize summer learning loss and sometimes produce academic gains in the area of reading comprehension.

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This presentation examines the characteristics of effective summer reading programs. Summer literacy programs that consisted of strategic scheduling, systematic curriculum implementation, direct reading instruction, routine meals and snacks, and additional fun activities achieved academic gains and were deemed effective. Research findings show that summer reading programs offered to economically disadvantaged students often minimize summer learning loss and sometimes produce academic gains in the area of reading comprehension.

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Reading comprehension, Summer slide, Literacy program, Disadvantaged populations, Equity in education

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Magnolia Room B

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Closing the Achievement Gap in Reading Comprehension One Summer at a Time

Magnolia Room B

The purpose of this literature review is to examine the characteristics of effective summer literacy programs offered to underprivileged students. There are mixed results as to whether or not summer reading programs have a significant impact on the growth and development of economically disadvantaged students. Several variables influence the learning outcomes induced by summer reading programs, such as participant motivation, program attendance rates, participant reading ability, curriculum implementation, and other program features. Summer reading programs that consisted of strategic scheduling, systematic curriculum implementation, direct reading instruction, routine meals and snacks, and additional fun activities achieved academic gains and were deemed effective. Research findings show that effective summer literacy programs offered to economically disadvantaged students often minimize summer learning loss and sometimes produce academic gains in the area of reading comprehension.