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Today, more than ever, valuable classroom time presents the best opportunity - often the only opportunity - to turn kids on to reading. Kelly Gallagher


One of the goals of any literacy program is to help students become actively engaged in the process of reading. Engaged readers: 

  • choose to read for a variety of purposes, such as learning new information or escaping into a story world
  • read daily
  • build on previous reading experiences to construct new understandings
  • use reading strategies to make sense of their reading
  • talk about their reading with others

We want to create classroom environments where students are excited and challenged by their reading. Some of the key elements of a literacy rich environment include:

  • access to a variety of interesting books and materials
  • extended periods of time to read and respond to texts 
  • personal choice in what to read
  • effective reading instruction 
  • activities that include discussion, sharing and interaction

In this section of the website we describe approaches to reading and instructional strategies that help students become engaged, successful readers.



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)

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