Reading Help for 9th Grade Students

Students in high school will be moving quickly towards post-secondary education, and as such, their reading ability should be progressing to a higher level. At this stage of their academic studies, it is not as easy to change poor reading habits and other problems, however, there is still a possibility of providing effective reading help through research-based strategies that are proven to work

Students should already have a good understanding of their Lexile scores by this point, and on average, an individual in the 9th grade will fall between 855L and 1165L. Lexile growth at this stage is slow going, with students typically achieving a change of 34L over the course of the year. This means educators should be pushing for students to grow by 0.7L per week.

A Simple Research-Based Strategy to Improve Reading Skills

To achieve this level of growth, it is essential that regular reading takes place. This can be difficult with students who have already developed poor habits, but trying to encourage at least 30 minutes of reading daily can have a positive impact. Simply by reading more often, students can take their literacy skills to the next level.

Choose the Reading Material Wisely

At this point, students must focus on reading the correct materials, and with the right reading platform, educators can pair readers with the ideal books. The material should be challenging without being too difficult, as this can result in readers becoming frustrated and losing interest.

Finding the right platform for students can make all of the difference. LightSail Education is a comprehensive LexileⓇ and standards-aligned literacy platform and digital e-book library.  Featuring books from leading publishers, LightSail holistically assesses and nurtures each student on their literacy journey.

The vast LightSail e-book library will provide access to graded books that will seamlessly fit into any reading plan tailored for students. Students will find books from renowned publishers, with popular titles including biographies like A Boy Named FDR: How Franklin D. Roosevelt Grew Up to Change America.

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