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Marie Nitke/FOCUS Cora Hunt, left, and Amber Venzke, swap stories during a Reading Workshop in Ms. Kim Flatau's first grade class at HOTL last Friday.

A new look at literacy in Perham, Minn.

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At Heart of the Lakes Elementary School in Perham, learning to read looks a lot different than the experience most adults will remember.


Gone are the days of purely basic, core reading programs. Kids are no longer thought of in terms of 'good' readers or 'bad' readers. They no longer all read one common textbook. And 'silent reading' is not so silent anymore.

The modern approach is a bit more complicated.

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