Excerpt from: The Grade Transformer for the Modern Student
Eleventh and twelfth grade literature studies are an important part of building a student’s intellectual skills. Teenagers generally read ten or more literature works during the school year. Struggling students, who are reading below the grade-level standards can also learn how to earn high grades in their literature classes. Students should be given a list of literature books and works, which will be read during the quarter or semester. The list should be kept in a place in the student’s notebook where it can be easily found. An additional list should be placed where the student studies and does their homework.
The first step when a new literature book is assigned is the junior or senior should read a critical analysis summary of the work. When students have an idea of where the literature, piece is heading toward generally their reading comprehension skills can greatly improve. Next, students should read over the character list three to four times each to familiarize themselves with all the main characters. The character list should be reviewed several times per week while the literature book is being taught.
Another valuable tip to improve one’s literature skills is to locate the time period and place the book is written about. This will help students understand the background of the literature book and help them link main events to the plot of the story. As the story is being read in class, eleventh and twelfth graders, who struggling in literature class should read one or two chapters in advance of their class. Reading ahead of the class will help struggling students understand the story and retain the main events and major details better when they are presented in their class. Reading in advance of the class lectures provides students with foundational knowledge to help them absorb and retain more of the important information.
High-school students should read each literature chapter two or more times to help him or her remember more of the important information. During the additional reading eleventh and twelfth graders can write one to two sentences on paper, which describe the main events or significant characters’ actions. These notes are good to study from before tests and quizzes.
Teenagers who generally experience difficulty interpreting the main events, plots and story line of the literature books can benefit from reading critical writings about the story. Reading critical writing can help students learn how to interpret literature stories. Critical writings can be found in the school’s library, online or in a collegiate library. Reading critical writing can also help students learn how to view literature symbols and themes on a higher level. This technique can assist students in learning how to think on a more abstract level. Struggling students may find a key idea they would like to discuss in a class discussion. High-school students may benefit from reading a critical analysis of assigned poems to aid their understanding of the work. Adding pertinent information to class discussions and lectures can increase juniors’ and seniors’ self-esteem. This technique can also assist students in their ability to listen in class and retain more information during lectures.
Students who are reading below grade-level standards can improve their reading ability by keeping a list of words they encounter in the literature books, they are unable to decode. Struggling students benefit from highlighting the unfamiliar word in their literature book. If the student can buy their own literature studies books they can greatly benefit from marking in them. Highlighting the words the student is unable to decode and writing the phonetic spelling above or below the word can help students learn to memorize more words and improve their reading level. This technique can assist students in learning how to read words by using their phonetic spelling to help them decode and blend unfamiliar words. Practicing the highlighted words daily will increase eleventh and twelfth graders’ reading skills at a fast rate. Students often find with daily practice of words, they weren’t able to decode an increase in their reading skills level.
HIGHER GRADES CAN HAPPEN THIS YEAR!
Barbara Dianis, MA ED overcame dyslexia in her own life using self-taught strategies and techniques. She went on to earn a BA Degree in Education and a BA in Special Education, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education, Special Education Pre-K-12th, and Language Learning Disabilities, as well as a Master’s Degree in Psychometry. As CEO and Founder of Dianis Educational Systems, LLC, Dianis has influenced society to view students with various learning issues as capable students who can overcome their issues if taught properly. She has counseled parents for 21 years, teaching them to assist students in implementing effective learning techniques during homework and study time, and has also run an educational tutoring business for the past 20 years, helping thousands of students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Learning Differences, and Struggling Students achieve enormous scholastic and professional successes. In 2010, Dianis was awarded The Biltmore Who’s Who VIP in Education and the Executive of the Year award, as well as the Remington Registry of Outstanding Professionals in 2011, for her continued leadership and achievement in the field of education.