Hughes STEM

School Wide Literacy Initiative February 2016

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

— Frederick Douglas

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Reading Strategy used by "Good Readers"

Generating and Asking Questions

  • This strategy involves readers asking themselves questions throughout the reading of a text. The ability of readers to ask themselves relevant questions as they read is especially valuable in helping them to integrate information, identify main ideas, and summarize information. Asking the right questions allows good readers to focus on the most important information in a text.
  • Generating good questions may also lead readers to focus on problems with comprehension and to take actions to deal with these problems.

Making Inferences

  • This strategy requires readers to evaluate or draw conclusions from information in a text. Authors do not always provide complete descriptions of, or explicit information about a topic, setting, character, or event. However, they often provide clues that readers can use to "read between the lines"-by making inferences that combine information in the text with their background knowledge.
  • It has been shown that when readers are taught how to make inferences, they improve their abilities to construct meaning. Indeed, research indicates that the ability to make inferences is crucial to successful reading.

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. 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 the internet — without turning it into a lesson.

  2. Acknowledge your teen's mature interests. Look for ways to acknowledge the emerging adult in your teens by suggesting some adult reading you think they can handle.

  3. Keep the big picture in mind. For all sorts of reasons, some teenagers go through periods without showing much interest in reading. Don't panic! Time, and a few tips may help rekindle their interest.

Used with permission from Reading is Fundamental.

Digitals Book Available for All Hughes STEM Students

Thanks to the White House and Michelle Obama

The Open eBooks Middle and High School Collection gives students instant access to thousands of popular and engaging titles for Grades 5 - 12. Students and their families can instantly download up to 10 eBooks at a time to a mobile digital device. Each eBook will be available for 56 days before it must be renewed.

Please have your student see Mrs Oglegree or Ms Lynch during their lunch in the Book Nook (room 1122) for the access code and pin they need in order to begin downloading the ebook collection.

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BIG Red Book Nook (Room 1122)

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

  • We are open daily in Room 1122
  • 7/8 and 9/10th grader students can come during their lunch.
  • 11/12 graders can come into the Book Nook during their lunch for OGT tutoring.

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.

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 on Tuesdays 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