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Although many educators have stated that children from low socioeconomic homes do not have the opportunities to learn as much compared to those of higher income levels, government officials do not accept that argument. They say that all should achieve the proficiency level in reading. This paper outlines the following ways the reading gap might be eliminated: (1) the problem needs clear identification, such as in phonics or comprehension; (2) besides retired teachers tutoring children in reading, a student who needs additional help in becoming a reader may attend summer school; (3) teachers should have a list of available tutors who may be hired by parents willing to pay for reading instruction services; (4) parents should read aloud to students in the home setting; (5) the school library and the public library should have a wide assortment of children's literature to capture student interest; (6) reciprocal reading may be stressed when the parent and child are exploring library book content; (7) the child and the parents in the home setting should take turns in telling stories which have been read; (8) students might wish to illustrate certain content read from a library book to show comprehension; (9) in-depth construction activities may be pursued by the student to show meaning and understanding of subject matter read; and (10) the child and his/her parents might dramatize literary content. The paper also outlines ways the reading teacher needs to perform to eliminate the gap. It cites several activities which can assist students to achieve optimally and close the gap in reading achievement. It also discusses workshops for teachers and assessment of student achievement. (NKA)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Activities, Low Achievement, Low Income, Parent Role, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction, Student Needs

Author: Ediger, Marlow


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