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QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

The majority of the class is completing assignments on time and at level but I have a few students that are challenged by the material in reading comprehension and grammar. What can I do to help them get ahead?

 

ANSWER:

Thank you for giving us the chance to help, Merit Software has helped many middle school students boost their reading and vocabulary skills.

Take a look at Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading. It has comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions and provides immediate feedback for students.

Intensive reading web suite also helps by offering the complete reading system into one package. It helps students with word recognition, meanings, and origins.

Other options can be found in the middle school solutions section of our web site.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Help with all Subjects

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

Just got our state ELA test scores back. We are in a Common Core state and we need to do something to raise them. Can you help?

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for your inquiry. Merit is helping many middle schools adjust to the Common Core ELA standards.

Try the reading and vocabulary products in the Complete English Web Suite. The programs help students improve their understanding of complex texts and their knowledge of high-frequency, academic vocabulary skills.

We also suggest using the Punch writing programs and Grammar Fitness. The programs have a strong track record of improving student writing skills through a variety of comprehensive writing and grammar exercises.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Help with all Subjects

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: At Level

Looking for blended learning options for grades 4- 12 to help with English Language Arts. Can you help?

 

ANSWER:

Merit’s online programs have been used successfully to help English Language Arts instruction. In particular, look at Paragraph Punch and Grammar Fitness.

Paragraph Punch helps students develop their paragraph writing skills. Students learn how to write an effective paragraph-through reason, detail, sequence, example, and cause and effects. Grammar Fitness helps students cope with troublesome points of grammar.

Student progress for both programs is tracked in an easy-to-use teacher management system accessible from any location.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Writing Mechanics & Grammar

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

Looking for writing mechanics material for secondary school students with a wide range of abilities. How can you help me?

 

ANSWER:

Merit has helped many secondary school students improve their writing mechanics skills.

Our most popular programs for this purpose are Grammar Fitness and Paragraph Punch.

Grammar Fitness helps students master troublesome points of English grammar. Paragraph Punch guides students step-by-step through the process of writing a paragraph.

Both programs have built-in hints, tips, and context clues designed to help students with minimal instructor intervention.

Good luck!

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Help with all Subjects

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: At Level

Looking for summer academic activities to help my 6th and 8th graders. We are in a Common Core state. Can you help?

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for your inquiry. Merit is helping many adolescents adjust to the Common Core ELA standards.

Try the reading and vocabulary products in the Complete English Web Suite. The programs help students improve their understanding of complex texts and their knowledge of high-frequency, academic vocabulary skills.

We also suggest using the Punch writing programs and Grammar Fitness. The programs have a strong track record of improving student writing skills through a variety of comprehensive writing and grammar exercises.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

Hi, I just got my 8th grade grandson from foster care. I was stunned to learn he reads at a 3rd grade level. He worked with a tutor for a little while, and it helped, but he needs further help.

He tried some of your demos and liked them. He told me he didn’t want me to watch him over his shoulder while he did them.

Which of your products do you suggest? Can I track his scores without him knowing?

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for contacting Merit. We’ve helped many middle school students who struggle with reading and writing skills.

Two of our most popular products for this purpose are Reading Skill Builder and Grammar Fitness.

Reading Skill Builder provides help with specific reading skills such as main idea, vocabulary and author’s purpose. It covers reading from a 3rd to 8th grade level.

Grammar Fitness helps students master troublesome parts of English grammar. Personalized feedback help students while they work.

Student tracking is free With both products. You will also be able to view his scores without him knowing by logging into your own dashboard.

Good luck!

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

My 5th grade students are reading poorly. They often do not understand the content they are reading even when they pronounce the words clearly. Can you help me with my classroom?

 

ANSWER:

Merit Software has helped many middle school students boost their reading and vocabulary skills.

Take a look at Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading. It has comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions and provides immediate feedback for students.

Intensive reading web suite also helps by offering the complete reading system into one package. It helps students with word recognition, meanings, and origins.

Other options can be found in the middle school solutions section of our web site.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

My students, mostly 4th-6th grade, have trouble reading. I am worried that they are not going to be prepared to advance and I want to make sure they build the skills they need. What can I do to help my students?

 

ANSWER:

Merit Software has helped many middle school students boost their reading and vocabulary skills.

Take a look at Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading. It has comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions and provides immediate feedback for students.

Intensive reading web suite also helps by offering the complete reading system into one package. It helps students with word recognition, meanings, and origins.

Other options can be found in the middle school solutions section of our web site.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

My students are struggling this year and they find the workbooks to be boring. I am looking for some other options that may keep them more engaged. Right now, the level of work is poor and I want to make sure that they understand the skills they need to move on.

 

ANSWER:

Thanks for writing in! Merit Software has helped many middle school students boost their reading comprehension skills.

Take a look at Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading. It has comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions and provides immediate feedback for students.

Intensive reading web suite also helps by offering the complete reading system into one package. It helps students with word recognition, meanings, and origins.

Other options can be found in the middle school solutions section of our web site.

QUESTION:

Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension

Submitted by: Parent

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

Hello,

My son is a high functioning student that suffers from ADHD, in the past he has always been able to complete his work but with reading comprehension he seems to now be struggling. What types of software can we use to help him understand the material better?

Thank You!

 

ANSWER:

Thank you for giving us the chance to help, Merit Software has helped many middle school students boost their reading and vocabulary skills.

Take a look at Developing Critical Thinking Skills for Effective Reading. It has comprehension and vocabulary-in-context questions and provides immediate feedback for students.

Intensive reading web suite also helps by offering the complete reading system into one package. It helps students with word recognition, meanings, and origins.

Other options can be found in the middle school solutions section of our web site.