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Please, please, please encourage your kids to read!

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10 Ways to become a better reader

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  • Think about what you read!

 

Reading strategies to use when you don't know a word:

1. Sound it out.
2. Chunk the word into small parts.
3. Read the rest of the sentence then go back to the word.
4. Go back and re-read the start of the sentence.
5. Look the work up in a dictionary or use dictionary.com.
6. Ask a parent or another person what the word means

How we read in class

We actually spend a majority (slight) of our time  silent reading.   We then discuss the text in depth.   Part of the bargain for silent reading is that students follow along and can discuss what they read when we do guided reading.

This is the first encounter with a thick informational text that a lot of these students have had.  I've gotten some ideas from books and seminars on how to best tackle this difficult reading.  I also try to focus on summarizing and key vocabulary skills.  Spelling counts!!!

One thing we do in class is to do reading response using sticky notes.  The students ask questions or make comments about what they are reading.  Some of these questions are superb!

 

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Some Frightening Statistics...

  • 58% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.

  • 42% of college graduates never read another book after school.

  • 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

  • 70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

  • And 57% of new books are not read to completion. In fact, most readers reportedly don't get past page 18 in any new book they purchase.

    Lessons for Tomorrow , Edward L. Davis, 2006, Orgone Press, Northport Michigan.