Hughes STEM

School Wide Literacy Initiative January 2016

"Once you learn to read you will be free forever"

— Frederick Douglas

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Reading Strategy used by "Good Readers"


Metacognition can be defined as "thinking about thinking." Good readers use metacognitive strategies to think about and have control over their reading.

  • Before reading, they might clarify their purpose for reading and preview the text.
  • During reading, they might monitor their understanding, adjusting their reading speed to fit the difficulty of the text and "fixing" any comprehension problems they have.
  • After reading, they check their understanding of what they read.

Tips to help your child become a better reader!

How Parents Can Encourage Teens to Read

By: Reading Is Fundamental

You know that reading is important and you want to make sure that your teenager grows into adulthood with all the skills he or she needs to succeed. The following list offers suggestions for encouraging your teens to read.

  1. View pleasure reading as a value in itself. Almost anything your youngsters read — including the Sunday comics — helps build reading skills.

  2. Make reading aloud a natural part of family life. Share an article you clipped from the paper, a poem, a letter, or a random page from an encyclopedia — without turning it into a lesson.

  3. Read some books written for teens. Young adult novels can give you valuable insights into the concerns and pressures felt by teenagers. You may find that these books provide a neutral ground on which to talk about sensitive subjects.

Used with permission from Reading is Fundamental.

Word Based Games for Family Fun

Family fun time can be used to build vocabulary. Students in grades 7-10 are having a blast playing word based games in the Book Nook during their lunch time. Scrabble, Scrabble Twist, Boggle and Bananagrams are challenging our thinking and helping to expand our vocabulary. Think about adding some of them to your home collection!

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BIG Red Book Nook

The Book Nook continues to be a place where students spend their lunch involved in activities that promote literacy.

A new Hughes STEM partnership has been developed with Cincinnati State's Literacy Alliance. We were honored to be the recipient of their first annual book drive. Novels as well as current college text books were delivered to us by Taylor Black, President Literacy Alliance and Professor Litton to add to our book collection.

Take a look at our library - link below. Feel free to let us know if you would like to read a book or better yet, join us in the Book Nook and model independent reading.

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Taylor Black and Professor Litton

Cincinnati State Literary Alliance

Vocabulary Word of the Week

You can get the vocabulary word of the week sent to you either via text message or email. Help your child build their vocabulary.

To receive messages via text:

  • text @wowstem to 81010
  • You can opt out of messages at anytime by replying, 'unsubscribe @wowstem'

To receive messages via email:

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There are multiple after-school clubs that involve literacy....Find one and join!

Anime Manga Graphic Novels

Room 2139 onThursdays from 3:20-4:20.

Ms Lynch and Mrs Ogletree

Freedom Writers

Room 3134 on Wednesdays from 3:20-4:20

Ms Trytten

Louder Than A Bomb

Room 3134 on Tuesdays from 3:20-4:20

Mr Williams