Effect of Literacy Activities on the Academic Performance of Children with Academic Backwardness
Gladys Babudoh and Williams Saibakum
Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Jos
Library Department, Delta State University, Abraka. Nigeria.

When children who do not have mental abnormalities perform below expectations in class, it draws attention to them. Sometimes it may be discovered that such children are academically backward because they lack literacy skills. This paper gives a report of intervention for 5students in senior secondary one (SS1) with severe literacy problem who could not recognize many words even in primary one reading textbooks, and could not write even their own names correctly without assistance. The study adopted the single-subject research design and data was collected using the Umolu Informal Reading Inventory (UIRI). The students were exposed to 24 weeks of intensive literacy activities which included: literacy awareness and language experience exercises, storytelling, retelling, reading, dramatization and writing exercises. The research questions were analyzed using simple percentages. The study revealed that the intervention had a positive impact on the students because of the great difference in their academic performance after treatment.

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