Literacy Initiatives at W.A. Perry
Currently, we have the following initiatives in place with the guiding principle being that reading programs encourage a life-long love of reading! The W.A. Perry reading initiative includes school-wide reading activities, use of Accelerated Reader 360 as a tool for tracking students' independent reading, and author visits that take place bi-yearly. Featured authors have included Kwame Alexander (December 2016) and Angie Thomas (January 2019).
February is “Love of Literacy Month” at W.A. Perry. Our students participate in the "Read a Book in a Day” initiative. We use this book as a read aloud so all students hear the same content at the same time, participate in heterogeneous groups, hear a fluent reader, and participate in rich discussions and projects with their peers. Additionally, we also participate in the National African-American Read-In Day. The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.
W.A. Perry students are encouraged to participate in the Read with Gamecocks and/or the Fireflies Reading programs. With both, students have opportunities to win tickets to attend games and events.
The media center makes available customized reading lists for students using their Lexile scores from the most recent Reading Inventory test. The books nominated for the SC Junior Book Awards are available in the media center and students are encouraged to vote for their favorite.
At W.A. Perry each of our students has a book of choice in their backpacks at all times. Our ELA teachers and school librarian make sure of it. Choice is so important when it comes to reading. It doesn’t matter what they are reading, all that matters is they ARE reading.
Students participate in independent reading daily which allows free choice reading time with our selection of books from classroom libraries and our school library.
We conduct an ongoing teacher professional learning community that focusses on reading and literacy strategies.
New to W.A. Perry during the 2018-19 school year is the Project Lit Book Club. Project Lit Book Club is a national, grassroots literacy movement active in over 500 schools and 40 states. It is a network of dedicated educators and students who are committed to increasing more access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. The book club meets monthly after school in the media center. Books are also made available for checkout for students who do not participate in the club.
We encourage our Eagles to Read, Read, Read their Way to New Heights! The benefits of reading can be life changing.