I am an English IV (12th grade English) teacher at J. J. McClain High School in Lexington, MS (in Holmes County). Although I teach high school seniors, due to a variety of factors, about a quarter of them are on a K-5 reading level. Many likely have undiagnosed learning disabilities or simply did not receive adequate reading instruction in the first place. Given these circumstances, I reached out to Reading Horizons, which provided me with materials for teaching phonics and basic literacy skills to secondary students. I regret that I have not been able to convince more of my students to spend time after school working through the lessons (I think many are simply too discouraged and/or ashamed), but with the one student I have (finally) convinced to do so, we have seen rapid gains in the roughly three weeks we have been working together.
The student, Jeremie, began on a low
Grade Level: Secondary