Summit Christian Academy celebrates reader leaders

September 4, 2013 

Summit Christian Academy recently applauded 16 first through fourth-grade students for participating in the school’s Reader Leader program this summer. The students’ hard work was rewarded with a special luncheon with the elementary school principal and assistant principal.

“We love to encourage summer reading by having students read literature of excellence,” said Academic Dean and Elementary Principal Kimberlee Gill. “As part of the Reader Leader program, students use the cognitive skills they have learned in F & F (Foundations and Frameworks) to provide a comprehensive analysis of the stories they read,” said Mrs. Gill.

Foundations and Framework is a reading curriculum tool that focuses on teaching reading comprehension through the intentional instruction of critical thinking skills. Instructional techniques include vocabulary exercises, graphic organizers, silent sustained reading, small group discussion, and memorized pattern statements. Multiple elements of literary analysis are mastered, some of which include setting, plot, character, symbol, figurative language, summarization, and main idea.

“We just want to develop in our students a love for reading,” said Alethea Beasley, Elementary Librarian and F & F instructor. “We know that the more they read and practice this type of reading analysis, the better readers they’ll become.”

The students selected books from a list approved by the Association of Christian Schools International and completed a writing assignment summarizing their novel. They shared their book summaries with one another during the special luncheon.

“The students did a wonderful job summarizing their books through colorful pictures, graphic visual tools, and detailed sentences. We are very proud of these Reader Leaders and congratulate their efforts,” Gill said.

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