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Reading Buddies

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SCAN LA ISLA Beacon@ SHS 99 (The afterschool Corporation)

Rodney Neff

410 East 100th Street
New York, NY 10009



Activity Description

We've identified six second graders who need help reading. They are paired with sixth- and seventh-grade students who sit with them and read a book of their choosing out loud for 20 minutes. The "teacher" reads with a student until the "student" can read on his or her own without stumbling.

Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 12

Range of Student Ages: Second‚ seventh‚ and eighth grade

Duration of Activity: 20 minutes daily

Academic ContentWhat is the academic content of this activity? Literacy
Reading‚ literacy‚ discussion of literature‚ book topics and characters. Basics of tutoring and literacy development.

Strong RelationshipsHow does this activity create strong relationships?
Participants develop a mentoring relationship. We celebrate the accomplishments of the younger students and provide the mentors with training and leadership opportunities.

Decision MakingWhat opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
The younger participants choose the book and are encouraged to talk about elements of the book. The older students get to instruct the younger students.

Student LeadershipWhat student leadership opportunities are there?
Mentoring is a crucial leadership opportunity. Younger participants gain the confidence that comes with reading approximately 20 books a year‚ and they document their accomplishments. The year culminates with a thank you/award ceremony for all involved.


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