Finding AR books l Home Connect
Calder High School has embraced the Accelerated Reader programme and it has become an intrinsic part of the curriculum for students in Years 7 and 8.
Accelerated Reader is a customised reading programme that meets the needs of individual students. Students are given their personalised Reading Range – their ‘Zone of Proximal Development’ – this enables students to find a book which is appropriate to their reading level. Form Tutors and our ILC (Independent Learning Centre) Manager encourage students to read a variety of books to develop their literacy skills and help them to meet the challenges of life in the 21st century.
Every Year 7 and 8 class has two dedicated Tutor periods of Accelerated Reader time and use alternate weeks of Learning for Life time to support their development of reading fluency and comprehension. Students have access to the Learning Resource Centre, both at these times and during break and lunchtime, so that they can choose their books, read and take a computerised quiz on their relevant book. This gives our students instant feedback on their progress.
Students are encouraged to read a book from home, swap books or recommend books for the LRC to purchase. Students wishing to look up titles that are part of the Accelerated Reader programme can search through over 19,000 books on www.arbookfind.co.uk.
Find out which books are available on the Accelerated Reader programme...there are over 19,000 titles and more are being added all the time. The AR Bookfind site also gives the reading range of the books.
Using Home Connect through the Accelerated Reader website, parents can follow their child's reading progress from home. The Parent's Guide for Home Connect gives an overview of how this works..
Any problems or questions about the Home Connect service, please use the school's Home Connect email. Answers will be provided by a member of the CHS Accelerated Reader Team.
How does it work?
After taking a short online test which determines their level, students select a book within their reading range and then take a quiz on what they have read. This gives instant feedback to both the teacher and the student on how they are getting on.
Students using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them. Together, parents, teachers and librarians can use the AR bookfinder website www.arbookfind.com to find books on specific topics – both fiction and non-fiction – at the right level for them.