Mass. elementary students build literacy skills by reading to dog

Classroom visits by Marco, a pit-bull-mix therapy dog, inspires reading among the students at E.S. Brown School in Swansea, Mass. Students select books and then practice reading at home before reading to Marco in class, which helps them build fluency and comprehension, says teacher Marina Jackson. "There isn't as much hesitation. I even like seeing them talk to him, 'Did you like that book[?]' It's not [judgmental]," Jackson said.

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