Do your students identify as readers?
The October 2016 issue of Phi Delta Kapan (vol 98:2) includes an articles by D. Barrone and R. Barrone titled Are You a Reader? (pp 47-51).
The article briefly reviews research based practises that improve reading skills, but spends most of its space reviewing a grade 5 class in which none of the students self-identified as being a reader at the beginning of the school year. The teacher challenged the students to read 50 books – “all they had to do was read and record the books they read. There were no book reports, projects, quizzes or prizes after reading.” (p 49).
The teacher delivered her literacy program using direct and differentiated instruction and daily literature circles. As the year progressed, the students created a list of the characteristics of good readers, including the following:
- good readers read for fun
- good readers talk about books
- good readers usually finish a book
- good readers relate to the characters in the book
- good readers often choose a specific genre to read
- good readers read lots of books
What this article does not do is discuss how the teacher managed struggling readers. Any TDSB teacher interested in reading this article can contact the library at (416) 395-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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