Lesson 7: Teaching Students Who Are Below Grade Level

One of the most common frustrations teachers have is that when their students begin the year, many seem to be significantly farther behind in regard to the content than they should be.  Teachers ask one another, “What happened over the summer?”  However, the problem runs much deeper.

One language arts teacher describes the dilemma:

At the beginning of last school year, when my classes and I were discussing reading–and more specifically books my students previously enjoyed–many of my 11th grade Advanced Placement English students recalled middle school books.  I asked my students why books such as The Lightening Thief, Harry Potter, and The Giver were at the top of their lists.  Most of them replied, “That was the last book I read.”

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