Title

Ninth Grade Reading Enrichment

Location

Harborside Center East and West

Strand #1

Academic Achievement & School Leadership

Relevance

This proposal relates to the Academic Achievement & Leadership Strand of the conference. This session will demonstrate how a Secondary Reading Specialist provides school-based instructional support to enhance literacy practices, including identifying and providing direct instruction, test preparation, and academic support at the Ninth Grade Academy.

Brief Program Description

This is an interactive poster presentation demonstrating how to identify struggling readers at the high school level and strategies that can be implemented without an overwhelming amount of teacher preparation.

Summary

Reading Enrichment focuses on the development of vocabulary, comprehension and study skills in dealing with expository text material; and increasing background knowledge and interest in reading. Collaborative learning groups are utilized. Major topics include argument, bias, supporting details, fact and opinion, inferences, main ideas, organizational patterns and relationships, purpose and tone, and vocabulary in context. Participants will receive access to all forms and activities that can be modified to meet the needs of their students.

Evidence

According to John Hopkins School of Education, "Students who read well have a higher chance of success at life than those who struggle". The identification process, strategies implemented, and ongoing assessment has been a part of a five year grant to fund a High School Reading Specialist to make a positive difference using these ninth grade reading activities.

Format

Poster Presentation

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Shrone Blackwell is certified in Middle Grades and High School English with endorsements in Reading, ESOL, Gifted, and Leadership. She believes that regardless of content, all teachers are reading teachers. She decided to become a Reading Specialist at the high school level to 1) help students that slipped through the cracks gain the literacy skills they will need to be successful after high school, and 2) to help teachers learn and implement the strategies required to teach reading in their content areas. Her favorite quote is "Teaching Reading is Rocket Science ." - Louisa Moats

Dr. Shrone Blackwell has presented at the 2008 Georgia Reading Association Conference and the 2011 National Youth at Risk Conference. She has been acknowledged by the Graduate Research Symposium for her contributions of educational research in the field of Educational Leadership. In her research she identified two key elements instrumental in increasing literacy skills of students. They are 1) an awareness of student and teacher needs, and 2) strategic use of resources to meet those needs. Dr. Blackwell is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the 26th Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference.

Keyword Descriptors

strategies, reading, academic, instruction, intervention

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 4:00 PM

End Date

3-3-2015 5:30 PM

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Ninth Grade Reading Enrichment

Harborside Center East and West

This is an interactive poster presentation demonstrating how to identify struggling readers at the high school level and strategies that can be implemented without an overwhelming amount of teacher preparation.