Teachers tackle high school literacy

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

A state grant is helping  Hannibal High teachers provide additional support to students struggling with reading and writing.

The data-driven literacy intervention grant funded the collaboration of six secondary-level teachers for the development of a Response To Intervention plan at Hannibal High.  

After meeting over two months, the team of English teachers and others  put their ideas on paper.

“Our charge was to create a Response to Intervention for the building to do literacy instruction and to create our dream,” said Courtney Best, grant facilitator. “It’s very rare for teachers to get together and create an RTI process for this age group. This is ground-breaking for the high school. It is a dream and we’re hoping it moves forward.”

That dream is an approach targeting freshmen. It calls for a guided study hall, overseen by a teaching assistant, that would specifically be for those not completing homework or class assignments.

The plan also calls for a literacy lab where students would be required to read select books individually and aloud, identify unknown words and study vocabulary words.

Best said this proposal is a critical component in addressing literacy issues in the high school.

“Students need to have good literacy skills to be successful in any of their classes,” she said. “All content areas are focusing on literacy and are receiving professional development in this area. The district sees that as a significant need.”

 

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