READING

Dreams lurk in books. We must never forget that. We have been given the privilege of this life in teaching. Let us have the strength to start where they are and lead them.

Penny Kittle

Engaged readers:

  • choose to read for a variety of purposes

  • build on previous reading experiences to construct new understandings

  • use reading strategies to make sense of their reading

  • discuss their reading with others

Classroom environments where students are challenged and excited by their reading include:

  • access to a wide variety of texts

  • strategies for ways to choose texts for different purposes

  • personal choice in selecting texts

  • personalized reading strategy instruction

  • extended periods of time to read and respond to texts

  • opportunities to discuss reading

References

Richard L. Allington and Rachael E. Gabriel. Every Child, Every Day (2012)

Layne, Steven L. Igniting a Passion for Reading: Successful Strategies for Building Lifetime Readers. (2009)

Additional Reading

The Act of Reading: Instructional Foundations and Policy Guidelines: This publication from NCTE includes an explanation of what reading is and outlines foundations for effective reading instruction based on research.

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