Principal uses closed caption TV for literacy

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis elementary school principal Raychellet Williamson is using television to teach literacy -- closed caption television that is.

Children at Williamson's Shannon Elementary will be watching 60 minutes of closed caption TV a day over the holiday break.

Every child is expected to bring documentation, signed by a parent, of their closed caption use.

Williamson told The Commercial Appeal ( she got the idea from a Kent State University literacy professor Tim Rasinski.

Rasinski said closed captioning is a way for children to see more words in print. Every time they see a word, it gets imprinted in their memories. Eventually it becomes a word they recognize immediately.

Williamson started promoting closed caption TV in November and some students say they already have seen an improvement in their reading.

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