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Accelerated Reader program is a computerized program that our 1st-6th grade students use. It tests reading comprehension.  Students select books at their reading level, read independently, and take an independent comprehension test on the computer.  Each book is worth a certain number of points based on its length and reading level.  This helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children's reading abilities. Accelerated Reader is a great opportunity for our elementary students to become passionate about reading and focus on reading comprehension. 

TIPS TO HELP YOUR CHILDREN IMPROVE COMPREHENSION

  • Students should learn to ask 5 W's and H

    • Who? 

    • What?

    • When? 

    • Where?

    • Why?

    • How?

  • Students should learn to make connections.

    • Between Characters/People and Events

    • Between Characters/People and Ideas

    • Between Events and Ideas

  • Students should know that Informational texts have a main Idea, and Narrative and Argumentative papers have themes.

    • For there to be a theme, there must be conflict.

  • Five elements in short stories - Plot, Characters, Conflict, Theme, and Setting

  • Students should know the development of the Plot. 

    • Exposition: At the beginning of the story, exposition introduces the main character, setting, conflict, and themes.

    • Rising action: The rising action starts right after the period of exposition and ends at the climax. Beginning with the inciting incident, rising action is the bulk of the plot. It is composed of a series of events that build on the conflict and increase the tension, sending the story racing to a dramatic climax.

    • Climax: The climax of a story happens when the tension reaches a breaking point, forcing the protagonist to face the antagonist and resolve the conflict once and for all.

    • Falling action: After the dramatic confrontation of the climax, the falling action deflates the plot’s tension and gives the character time to unwind after the emotional scene.

    • Resolution: Also called a denouement. The resolution is the end of the story that ties up loose ends. The resolution shows the main characters in their new normal, changed by the events of the story.

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