Independent Reading: Creating a Classroom Where Readers Flourish
- Reading Volume Matters
“Recognizing that improving students’ reading comprehension requires that they read a lot, the challenge for many teachers lies in motivating and inspiring our students to read in the first place.”
Our goal is to support classrooms with books that inspire students to read with a partner like they are in the upper left hand corner of the illustration. Reading volumes improves students' comprehension, background, knowledge vocabulary, fluency, and writing.
- Carve out time to read
“The Commission on Reading’s report, ‘Becoming a Nation of Readers’ recommends students engage in two hours of silent sustained reading a week…”
- Provide Reading Choice
“No single practice inspires my students to read as much as the opportunity to choose their own book does.”
With instructional support we hope that students are inspired to select books that they are interested in, can connect to, and feel comfortable with the content.
- Introduce Books and Authors through Read-Alouds
“Students are more interested in reading a book when they recognize the author, have read other books in the series, or heard about the book from another reader.”
Allington, Richard & Gabriel, Rachael. (2012). Every Child, Every Day. Educational Leadership. 69.
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