Graduate Research Papers

Alternate reading curriculum for grade 4

Cheryl A. Werner, University of Northern Iowa

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Dubuque Community School District (DCSD) recognized the need to create alternate reading activities for the advanced readers in its elementary schools. The core reading ~iculum did not provide for the students reading at least two years above grade level. These advanced readers, who have already demonstrated mastery of the content of the basal reading program, must spend their valuable time working with alternate materials created to address their needs in the regular classroom. This alternate reading curriculum, expanded from the core, contains opportunities rich in reading, writing, research, and student choice. These differentiated activities provide the environment necessary for advanced learners. Students work with intellectual peers, utilize higher level thinking processes, develop individual talents and curiosities, and present their final products to a real audience.