** 2020-2021 – Due to the limitations currently in place regarding shared materials and the many constant changes necessary to our schedules and procedures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be using Accelerated Reader this school year. However, we will continue to encourage and promote independent reading for all of our students! **
PC Intermediate – Mrs. Brooks by email (BROOKSCM) or by calling PCI at 886-8532.
PC Middle School – Mrs. Gibson by email (GIBSONAM) or by calling PCMS at 886-4181
WHAT IS AR?
AR is an online computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor students’ independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice. Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can select books that are interesting to them.
Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate reading level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success. If your child does not do well on the quiz, the teacher may help him choose another book that is more appropriate or ask more probing questions as your child reads and before he takes a quiz. In most cases, children really enjoy taking the quizzes. Since they’re reading books at their own reading and interest levels, they are likely to be successful. This is satisfying for most children. Best of all, they learn and grow at their own pace.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?
Your child’s quiz averages and total points earned will count towards 10% of their English Language Arts grade. It is important for them to remember to always think about making good book choices and to read them carefully before trying to take the quizzes . There may also be AR rewards for students who exceed their point goals! Parents can login to the AR system and view total points, comprehension averages, and more! Please contact either your child’s English Language Arts teacher or the school librarian for login information.
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Some of the things you can do to help your child do well on their quizzes are:
- Set aside a quiet time to read their book every night
- Ask WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW kinds of questions about what they are reading
- Read to them…they actually really still love to listen to a story out loud!
- Keep POSITIVE about AR…sometimes that is all it takes to get over that hurdle!