SRA - Reading Program: A Remedial Program
The Ateneo de Naga High School Reading Program makes use of the Science Research Associates (SRA) Program. This program offers multi-level learning materials within a single classroom package and provides the mechanism whereby each child can assume much of the clerical responsibility for keeping track of his own performance.
Objectives of the Program
To develop comprehension, vocabulary, word analysis, and study skills;
To provide reinforcement of specific skills in which students may show a weakness;
To improve reading rate;
To give practice in discriminate listening/note-taking;
To provide practice in independent work and self-reliance; and
To encourage a sense of personal responsibility for one's own progress.
The Materials of the Program
The levels 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b, 2c, 3a and 3b have similar type of materials except that 1b and 1c levels do not have the Skills Development Lessons and the rate Builders.
Power Builders. This is the core of the SRA Reading Laboratory Program. Each Power Builder is a four-page folder arranged in levels of increasing difficulty.
Each folder has four parts:
An illustrated, high-interest, fiction or non-fiction story
"How Well Did You Read" - a section of comprehension questions about the story
"Learn About Words" - five exercises on vocabulary development, word analysis and study skills
"Use Your Imagination" - a section, for both group and individual use, that encourages creative expression
Divider Cards. At the end of every color level, there is a divider card with the name of every Power Builders with SRA's Pilot Library Books and SRA's Listening Language Laboratory cassettes.
Power Builder Key Cards. Every Power Builder has a corresponding key card with the answers to the Power Builder questions. Students use the key card to score their own work. When the student's responses indicate a weakness in a certain skill, the key card directs the students to Skills Development Lessons.
Skills Development Lesson Cards. These lessons provide reinforcement in basic reading and study skills.
Skills Development Key Card. These are the answer keys that students use to score their own work.
Skill Divider Cards. These cards separate the lessons into different skill areas. They also have selections, which are designed to help students read faster and with comprehension and are leveled as the Power Builders. These contain the title and number of each lesson within each skill area.
Rate Builders. These reading selections are designed to help students read faster and faster and with comprehension and are leveled as the Power Builders.
Rate Builder Key Booklets. Each copy contains the questions in every rate builder.
The Students Record Book. This contains:
The Starting Level guide, a short test that each student takes and whose score determines the color level at which the student should begin the Reading Laboratory Program.
Material to train students in the mechanisms and study techniques of the program.
Power Builder record pages. These are pages on which students write their responses to the Power Builder Questions.
Rate Builder record Pages. Students write their responses to the rate builder questions on this page.
Listening Skill Builder Record Pages. These pages contain the questions for the reading skill builder series.
Skills Development Record pages. On these pages, students write their scores for the various skills development lessons they complete.
Diagnostic conference charts. These charts are used to tally the number of times a students encounters each reading skill. This form allows the teacher to see easily and quickly the area of difficulty each student has and it also provided parents and administrators with relevant information.
Script book. It provided the printed script of each of the Listening Skill Builders. It is also a useful reference if you wish to conduct a class discussion.
The Teacher's Handbook. It contains full details, simply stated, of the Reading Laboratory Program and provides a day-to-day schedule for the best results in suing the program.
Orientation Cassette (optional). It is used to acquaint the users about the program and get them off to a good start on the first day.
The students are expected to achieve level improvement with at least two color levels in every quarter regardless of what color they started.