Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

School Targets Reading Levels.

Byline: Diana Heil Journal Staff Writer

Strategies Sought For Deaf Students

In Jennifer Herbold's middle school classes, the average student reads at a second- or third-grade level.

"Most of my students have an incredible zest for knowledge, but often they are intimidated by reading. Many of them realize the importance of reading and do try their best," she said.

Her students at the New Mexico School for the Deaf face barriers: a lack of world knowledge and vocabulary, both of which they need to fully comprehend text.

"I have a wide variety of students with extremely different reading abilities, ranging from the first grade to the 10th," she said. "We have students who have been with us for a long time and have excellent American Sign Language skills and a good concept of the world, along with excellent communication at home. …

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