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Lights in the Dark
Male Teacher with Students
Reading a Book

Address gaps in reading instruction

Teachers use research-based & scientifically sound strategies to teach reading in classrooms nationwide. However, the most effective teachers of reading are those whose little people can't get enough of new literature to explore. This program addresses the gaps in reading instruction & gives teachers strategies to weave leisure reading into the school day. With our strategies, little people will gain or experience an increased love for reading. With this program, little people are also exposed to culturally relevant literature. At least 55% of all classroom libraries feature books with African American or minority lead characters and/or are authored by African Americans.

Increase little people's love for reading

In addition to utilizing research-based reading strategies, it is imperative that teachers cultivate a love of reading in their little people. This is effectively accomplished through the use of creative ideas and motivational strategies. Access to level-appropriate & culturally diverse literature in school classrooms can play an integral role in supporting & encouraging leisure reading. The HAPPY COMPREHENSION program provides classroom libraries with books that are carefully chosen to address the interests of little people.


Whet little people's appetites for interesting books

The HAPPY COMPREHENSION program models ways that teachers can excite students by introducing new books to their classroom libraries. Since student motivation is a determining factor in learning, whetting little people's appetites for new books is an effective, yet simple way to increase their interest in reading. The activities discussed in this program also encourage educators to assess their students’ comprehension using a modern form of a book report. Friendly competition is also encouraged among the little people in their classrooms.

Motivate little people to read and affect their future

Leisure reading is important for many reasons including the fact that little people’s motivation to read has positive effects on their ability to comprehend texts. Socioeconomics is often cited as playing a huge role in a little person's academic performance. However, researchers have proved that little people from low socioeconomic backgrounds who are highly engaged readers perform better on reading achievement assessments than their peers with lower reading engagement. With the proper strategies, teachers can cultivate a love for reading in their elementary school students that will have lasting effects on their academic futures.


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