Students should take a quiz as soon after they finish a book as they can. Unfortunately, they cannot do this at home because of the license conditions for the software.
Books are available from the library, where students can select up to three books at a time. If students would like to read books from home then you can check the level of a book, and whether it falls within a child’s ZPD by using the following website: http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/
On this site you can search for book titles or authors. The book level is shown after the letters BL. On the student intranet there is a recommended book list.
https://anthonygellco.sharepoint.com/sites/KS3_English – you need to go to the student folder and then the Recommended Reads folder. The word document is a list produced by AGS staff and also shows book levels. The TES list is far more comprehensive and has some very challenging, and some adult books. It should be used carefully and with guidance even by ambitious readers.
If students wish to read books outside of their ZPD that is fine; they should not do a quiz on a book outside of their ZPD and they do need to have at least one book that is within the ZPD.
Parents are essential to encouraging reading. You can help your child by:
- Giving opportunities to read (anything not just books)
- Asking about what children read
- Talking about what you read
- Playing word games
- Reading with/to them
- Encouraging them to read to younger children
If you have any other questions about Accelerated Reader or reading in Y7 and Y8 please feel free to contact Rachel Spencer on firstname.lastname@example.org