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1 Understanding Accelerated Reader Prepared by Sara Peskie from Renaissance Place Presented by: N. Franco and A. Sullivan

2 What is AR?

3 AR Is … Part of web-based reading management program called Renaissance Place Renaissance Place has two components: –STAR Reading –Accelerated Reader

4 Objectives for AR To get students excited about books To provide reliable and objective data To individualize learning To improve classroom management To keep students challenged To provide three types of assessments –Reading Practice –Vocabulary Quizzes –Literacy Skills Quizzes

5 How Does AR Work? Student takes the STAR Reading Assessment Student and Teacher discuss results Student selects a book within the ZPD Student reads the book Student takes the reading practice quiz Student and Teacher discuss results Repeat as needed

6 Let’s Talk About Books

7 Interest Level Relates to content and appropriateness –LG = Lower Grades –MG = Middle Grades –UG = Upper Grades

8 Book Levels Indicates text difficulty Quantitative Does not relate to quality or appropriateness

9 .5 points 1.0 point 9.0 points AR Uses Points To Measure Practice

10 Book Level TitleInterest Level Points 4.0The Poky Little PuppyLG.5 4.0Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the disgusting sneakers MG The Color PurpleUG9.0 Comparing Levels and Points

11 AR Keeps Track Quiz Scores Points earned Book levels

12 Reading Practice Quiz Reading and Comprehension Multiple Choice Questions Read the book once and quiz once

13 How Points Work Prorated No points for a failed quiz –Below 60% on a 5- or 10-question quiz –Below 70% on a 20-question quiz

14 Implementation: Phase I

15 What Teachers Do: Create time for reading practice Provide access to books Guide and motivate daily reading Use reports to monitor progress Use reports to provide feedback

16 Facilitate Book Selection Access to the school library Access to the classroom library Guide students to books matching their abilities and interests

17 Plan a Successful Start Shorter books Aim for 85% or better Discuss reading and comprehension strategies

18 Encourage Self-Monitoring for Reading Comprehension Tell students to ask themselves “Am I understanding what I am reading?” If not: –Slow down –Reread –Read ahead –Talk to a friend or teacher about confusing parts

19 Teach How to Quiz Briefly review the book Quiz Matches the book Don’t rush Read the question twice and ALL four answer choices Paraphrase question if necessary

20 Check TOPS Report Prints automatically after a student takes a quiz Gives quiz score and cumulative data

21 What Students Do: Select books Read the books Take the AR Reading Practice Quizzes Show Quiz results to the teacher

22 Accelerated Reader Resources Library Media Specialist Handouts Help Topics Technical Support –Telephone: 888 – 274 – 2720 – –Online:


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