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Research and data clearly demonstrate that an increase in independent reading improves readers’ fluency, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing style, voice, and cultural literacy.* We are excited that Readers’ Workshop, the research-based instructional model used at the elementary level, is now standard practice in all of the district’s middle school English Language Arts classrooms.
Our focus on differentiated instruction, supported by Readers’ Workshop, means that students select books for their independent reading based on recommendations from staff, classmates, media specialists, local libraries, the National Council of Teachers of English, the American Library Association, and a variety of other sources. Our middle school media centers offer extensive book selections. Additional titles are available in classroom libraries.
Classroom libraries contain a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction genre at different reading levels. Young adult titles occasionally contain content or language you may not feel appropriate for your middle school student. You know your child best. As your student will be selecting his/her own books, we ask that you take an active role in monitoring and discussing his/her selections.
As always, thank you for supporting the Walled Lake Consolidated School District’s efforts to build strong, competent readers.
*To Read or Not to Read: A question of national consequence, National Endowment for the Arts, Research Report #47, Nov. 2007.
Read, Write, Think
Looking for engaging ways to introduce your child to reading or to encourage your teen to write? Need some age-appropriate book suggestions or rainy day activities? Read, Write, Think is a website with materials to help!—all of them created by experts to be fun, educational, and easy to use outside of school.
Skill Development Tips
Easy tips for parents regarding academic skill development
Developing academic skills in our students is crucial to our students. These skills include the following areas: organization, time management, studying, note taking, test taking, summarizing, and critical thinking. A student who is strong in these areas is much more likely to be successful in middle school, high school, and beyond. Please take the time to look over the documents attached below. They contain many ideas and suggestions which are simple to implement. Our staff will be working with our students in these areas as well. The skills cannot be given too much attention as your child prepared for high school and a post-secondary education.