Reading Renaissance is an extension of the Accelerated Reader Program that we have had for many years at our school. Teachers help students select books at the level determined by the Star Reading Testing of each Gr. 2-6 student. (Note: Kindergarten and 1st grade students are also tested and started in the program if they are reading independently.) The teachers allow thirty minutes of class time each day where students read their self-selected book. The teachers walk around the room and meet with each student every day, if possible, to check for comprehension, to offer encouragement, and to check the progress of each student. After completing a book the students take a computerized quiz on the book. A printout shows the results for each test taken. This printout is shared with the teacher and the families.
Many of our teachers are supplementing the basal reading series with Guided Reading time. Students are placed in groups according to their current reading level. The students read, practice reading skills, and discuss the books with the teacher in a small group setting. This small group interaction allows the teacher to better meet the individual educational needs of each learner.