FRESHMAN LITERACY PROGRAM at Naperville Central High School, Naperville IL
Freshman Literacy started during the 2004-2005 school year as a means of focusing on those students reading 1-2 years below grade level. Freshman Literacy instructors work closely with Patterns of Communication and Cultures teachers. Together, they monitor students’ progress with homework completion, participation, and organization. In addition, Literacy instructors work on time management, study skills, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency. Class sizes are small, so there is much one-on-one attention to help meet students’ needs.
Students in Freshman Literacy participate in the Learning Reading PE (LRPE) program where movement and learning activities are incorporated into the PE curriculum as well as the Freshman Literacy curriculum. In addition, students in LRPE work on elevating their heart rate levels to increase focus and retention in the content area classes they take following LRPE. Freshman Literacy instructors work with LRPE instructors to integrate learning and movement into both programs.
Since one of the main purposes of Freshman Literacy is to support students academically, no additional major assignments will be required of Literacy students. They will be, however, required to complete smaller assignments that relate to the work they are already working on in Patterns and Cultures or literacy skills necessary for success in life.
The most important quality a student can bring to Freshman Literacy is self-motivation and a strong desire to do well in school. It is our hopes that with these qualities, and the structure of the Literacy program, students will do well both with their class grades and on standardized tests.
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