Zinc Close Reading Sprints is an intensive practice feature designed to improve student reading ability and test scores. With consistent Zinc practice, we hope students will see immediate gains.
How does it work?
By assigning a Reading Sprint, Zinc will automatically generate a uniform set of assignments for students each week. At the start of each Reading Sprint, students will be prompted to take a Placement Test. Their scores will help Zinc personalize the activities that students are assigned.
To measure progress, students will be also be assigned a Placement Test at the end of the Reading Sprint.
For v1 of the feature, Teachers may choose between two Reading Sprint options: a comprehensive sprint, in which students are expected to complete articles, vocab, and close reading each week; or, a light practice sprint, which focuses on close reading assignments alone.
There will be two Sprint duration options, a 3-week intensive and 6-week standard.
For a 3-week sprint, students will be assigned:
--9 activities per week (3 x CREs, Article Quizzes, Vocab Decks) for the comprehensive option
--3 CREs per week for the light option
For a 6-week sprint, students will be assigned:
--6 activities per week (2 x CREs, Article Quizzes and Vocab Decks) for the comprehensive option
--2 CREs per week for the light option
As a Teacher, you can view content assigned to students by level.
You'll also have drill down views which show where individual students are with their assignments.