A three year literacy iniative stresses vocabulary during the first year, emphasizing words such as “infer”, “imply”, and “analyze.”
The Maryville R-II School District is improving literacy as part of an attempt to improve areas most in need of academic growth.
The first year stresses improving academic vocabulary. The second year stresses close reading, and the third year will focus on identifying and understanding complex texts.
“Literacy is a huge skill that allows someone to reach their potential,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Klotz said. “It’s something that we value as a district and we want to make sure we’re providing our students all the opportunities we can to be successful.”
Klotz maintains that this three-year approach works across all grades and subjects. The age level affects how the plan is implemented, but the goal of improving literacy remains the same.