Launching the Newbery Reading Challenge within the classroom will enhance the reading curriculum and CAFE/Daily 5 program at the 4th and 5th grade levels. Students will strengthen their reading skills of comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and vocabulary and take them to new heights as they delve into the wonders of the Newbery Award winning texts.
Success of the Newbery Reading Challenge will be identified in a variety of ways. Informal assessments, such as participation in content rich conversations, expanding vocabulary, and discussions of events and experiences as measured by the teacher will demonstrate student success. Further, the rubric created for the book reviews will formally measure their comprehension, evaluation, and reflection of the numerous texts read by each student. In addition, the scores in the comprehension and fluency areas of the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) will provide a formative measure of their success.