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Education Specialist


Center for the Advancement of Education


Critical Reading, Individualized Instruction, Individualized Reading, Independent Reading, Reading with Novels, Adolescent Reading Program, Middle School Reading, Literature Appreciation


This practicum attempted to improve critical reading skills in the author's seventh grade reading classes. The reading program implemented was an individualized reading program involving novels as the core of the program and using many materials and methods to teach critical reading skills. The components of the program were reading novels, student/teacher conferencing, skills instruction by the teacher, and independent skills practice. Evaluation of the program followed a survey and pre-test, post-test design. Students gained in critical reading skill and positive attitudes toward reading. The program will be used by all seventh and eighth grade classes in the author’s school during the next school year.

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