Expanding the Literature experience for studentsDoes it matter what books students’ read?
Is life long reading really a worthwhile Instructional Goal? I am a good reader but I’d rather do something else!I am not a very I am a good good reader. I reader and I am not a hate reading ! I love very good But then who reading! reader but cares? I’d like to be!
Did you know?• Proficient readers read about a million words a year. That is the equivalent of reading 25 average length novels a year• The average student should be learning 3000 words a year. That is 7 to 10 new words a day.• By the time students leave secondary school they should have a vocabulary of between 25000 to 50000 words or more.
Textbooks ditched at Clearwater High as studentslog on to KindlesRebecca Catalanello, Times staff WriterIn Print: Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The SLSS student as a ReaderIs disinterested in reading (mainly the boys)Averse to reading (mainly the boys)Avoids reading(mainly the boys)Lacks proficiency in fluency, vocabulary, prosody and comprehension (everyone)Has little or no home support (everyone)
As a teacher personalize the reading experience in class. Demonstrate the social part of reading: share with your students what you read and your feelings about different books. Get otherstudents to do the same.Make recommendations,let them suggest reading material not just books, but magazines, comics,etc, for each other to try.
Some Effective TechniquesCollaborative activities Challenging materials Projects that entail several class periodsStressing links between literature and students’ lives Teaching comprehension strategies Techniques that facilitate comprehension BibliotherapyGeorge Graham Lecture, 2008 Michael C. McKenna University of Virginia
Some More Effective Techniques Build on interests Include variety and choice Conduct read-aloudsAssess attitudes and interests. Focus on proficiency. “Sell” reading. Build an engaging classroomGeorge Graham Lecture, 2008 Michael C. McKenna University of Virginia
Beliefs about the Outcomes of ReadingIs reading likely to be pleasurable or useful?Or is reading likely to be boring, frustrating, even humiliating?George Graham Lecture, 2008 Michael C. McKenna University of Virginia
Instruction that fosters positive attitudes shouldProvide successful and engaging experiences with reading Strengthen beliefs that reading will be pleasant Challenge beliefs about peer expectations concerning readingGeorge Graham Lecture, 2008 Michael C. McKenna University of Virginia
Teaching Literature strategiesTHE TEACHER LEADS THE WAY—FIND YOUR INNER READER READ CHILDREN’S BOOKS AS AN ADULT Teacher Resources Teacher Resources • http://www.adlit.org/ • http://www.amazon.com/T • http://www.readingrockets. he-Book-Whisperer- org/ Awakening- Reader/dp/0470372273 • http://www.scholastic.com/ readeveryday/read.htm • http://www.walker.co.uk/Us erFiles/file/Rights%20of%20 the%20reader/NYOR_ROTR. pdf
One Size does not fit all• Concept maps/wikis/blogs/drawings• Literature webquests/Literature circles• Book trailers/text to speech software• Podcasts, movies and videocasts• Digital story telling• Drama/Reading Theatre/ Hot seat• Games• Online chat/skype the author
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