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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of May 22nd

posted May 22, 2016, 11:47 AM by Courtney Richardson

Reading Coaches

Angela Kherdmand from Virginia created an fluency intervention that uses poetry notebooks to facilitate cross-age tutoring. Each first-grade student reading below grade level is paired with a sixth grader who has applied to be a reading coach. These partnerships meet every morning during the first 20 minutes of the day to reread familiar poems and songs. The first graders love the personal attention of the “reading coach,” and the sixth graders enjoy interacting and helping the lower grade students. Although any sixth grader can apply to be a reading coach, Angela was surprised that several struggling readers wanted the job. The 20 minutes of extra reading increased their fluency too! If you have questions about her cross-age intervention program, you can email her at