Anderson reading program makes students hunt clues

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A new reading program at Highland Middle School in Anderson turns students into detectives searching for clues to a story's underlying meaning.

Sixth-graders watch while their teacher reads aloud from a story projected onto a screen. Then students must begin the hard work, trying to figure out the "big idea" behind the story in response to the teacher's questions, The Herald Bulletin reports.

Called iLit, the program was from education giant Pearson is aimed at helping struggling readers to improve. Highland is the first Indiana school to incorporate the new program into its curriculum.

The program offers students personalized learning support based on their individual reading levels and interests. Techniques include independent reading, vocabulary, reading aloud, essays and group discussions.

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