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My son is in 9th grade is average in English reading/writing. How can I improve his skills besides hiring a private tutor? Is there online activities that he can participate in? is there self study guides that we should consider? Money is not a major object. Please answer only if you have valuable info to share.
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He is not slow. He is just average in reading and writing subjects. He scores about 80% in that subject. He scores 100% in math and science.
He reads very well. However his test scores donot reflect that. He does not enjoy reading books. When he was little I used to buy workbooks from the bookstore where he reads a page and then he has a list of questions that he has to answer. I used to rip the answers that used to be in the back of the work book and see if he got them right. They donot have these books for higher levels.
He likes to get better and willing to do what it takes.
Hello, and welcome back to Just Answer.I understand your concern, both as a teacher and as a parent. While being an 'average' student in English, reading, and writing is considered good, because your son is doing more than just 'passing', you are so right that he needs to improve these basic skills in order to do better on standardized tests and school exams, in the future. From your description of his earlier work in the workbooks you used to get at the bookstore when he was younger, it sounds like his reading comprehension is not up to par and this is one of the things he will need to practice--reading for comprehension. I believe they do sell workbooks for upper grades like 9th, in parent-teacher stores and other educational stores like "ACE Educational" (if you have one in your area), which will help him practice this skill, and in major book store chains like Barnes & Noble. There are workbooks for practicing writing, as well.These are some good online sources for practice:http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-reading-worksheets/reading-comprehension-worksheets/http://reading-sage.blogspot.com/2011/06/reading-comprehension-test-9th-grade.htmlhttp://www.k12reader.com/grade-level/9th-10th-grade-worksheets/ (also access the menu on the left-hand side)http://www.learningthings.com/articles/9th-grade-reading.aspxhttp://www.willoughby-eastlake.k12.oh.us/classroom/technology/9th%20Grade%20Language%20Arts.htmhttp://edhelper.com/vocabulary_grade9.htmlhttps://www.ocps.net/lc/southwest/hdp/AC/subject/Pages/langarts.aspxhttp://www.eapublishing.com/SamplePages/Florida/FL1903Sample.pdf (this is exclusive to the 'FCAT'--Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, but the skills can be used for any similar test or as a learning tool)http://www.manatee.k12.fl.us/staff_development/criss/prin_phil/7%20Defensible%20Strategies.doc%20%28Read-Only%29.pdfThese are some books from Barnes & Noble that may help: (if you don't have one near you, go to barnesandnoble.com and you can order online)http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/9th-grade-workbooks?dref=1546
I would also recommend that you download or purchase some of the same worksheets or books on a 7th and/or 8th grade level, so he can practice on those first, build up his confidence, and then move on to the practice for his present 9th grade level. _____________________________
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