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 Year 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. English teachers and librarians 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 one timetabled lesson per week in the Learning Resource Centre so that students can choose their books, read and take a computerised quiz on their relevant book. This gives the students instant feedback on their attainment.
Accelerated Reader is a whole school initiative that encourages all students in Year 7 and 8 to read at least 30 minutes everyday. This is supported in the school curriculum as Year 7 students read four times a week and Year 8 students read twice a week in registration. During this time students can access the Learning Resource Centre to take a quiz and change their book.
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.
Accelerated Reader update:
Over the last academic year, students in Year 7 and 8 at Calder High School have been taking part in the newly purchased ‘Accelerated Reading’ program, that for many has become a turning point in their lives at school.
|Quotes from students:
“I like it because it makes me remember books and challenges me to get 100% in a quiz!”
Maya, Year 7
“After doing Accelerated Reading it’s been easier for me to read hard and very long books. I want to keep it up. I’ve really improved in reading and since I did the tests I got a higher reading level!”
Hamza, Year 7
Accelerated Reader, also known as ‘AR’, is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor individual reading practice.
Teachers have found that over the year the reading age of students in their classes have shot up!
“We’ve found that when students read books at their appropriate level, they experience success and this encourages them to continue to want to read,” says English teacher, Michelle Heryet. “We’ve also found that the program helps all learners – from those with lower abilities through to our gifted and talented students. The new found enthusiasm for reading within lessons encourages everyone to get involved”.
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.