We are so excited about our motivational reading program, Scholastic Reading Counts. This program will allow students to read and take tests on their books; it will give them the opportunity to track their progress and retake unsuccessful quizzes; and it will also offer book suggestions based on the child’s area of interests. Every book that we have in the Media Center does not have a test available. However, we are working to make our own tests for those books, but it takes time. Please be patient.
It is recommended for lower reading-level books that the child independently reads the story at least two times, prior to taking a quiz. The asking of questions is one of the best forms of increasing reading comprehension and make sure the pictures are discussed. Questions like…What is the story about? What is the setting? What is your favorite part of the story and why? Who is the main character? Are the characters real or make-believe and how do you know? To aid in comprehension, the child needs to discuss the story either mentally or verbally.
Each SRC quiz will ask 10 questions randomly chosen from a pool of 30 questions. Two students sitting side by side taking a quiz on the very same book would take completely different quizzes. Students are told at the end of the quiz if they passed. It is recommended that a student take the quiz within 24 hours of completion of the book, when possible.
Nikki Martin - WBE Media Specialist