A group of middle school students who need extra practice with reading are using e-readers for a second year, but this time their teachers want to make sure they get the most out of using the devices.
The e-readers for 32 Center Grove Middle School Central sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders will be programmed with stories selected by their teachers that students will read aloud in small groups. The goal is that as students discuss what’s happening in the stories they’ll develop stronger critical thinking skills and will learn how to quickly find the definitions to words they don’t understand instead of getting stuck and stopping the story, counselor Julie Thacker said.
Thacker started using the e-readers last year with middle school students who needed additional language arts help, but the lessons based on the devices weren’t as structured. Students were shown how to download books from Center Grove’s e-library and were encouraged to read the stories on their own. That worked well for some students, but others treated the devices as just another library book, Thacker said.