#24 - Chapter 6: Sustained Silent Reading: Dedicating Time for Independent Reading
Submitted by Dr. Holly Sawyer on January 26, 2015 - 9:53am
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I do not have a huge list of ways to support learners to read outside of the classroom in addition or as an alternative to reading in class. I do two things:
- Ask students to find news stories (not sports or entertainment related) on a topic of their interest to read. After reading, write their thoughts on the story. Share what you would have or could do differently if this happened to you, family member, in your neighborhood, town, city, etc.
- Read a book and/or magainze! This could be to their child every night and/or for their own pleasure. If they did the former, write about what you read to your child. What questions did your child have, if any? Why was this particular book chosen? If it is the latter, I ask for a quick summary of the book and/or current chapter they read.
I think getting students to read what they want more than assigning them readings is where they will be more participatory. I know this is not always the case in that we cannot avoid assigning them readings they have no interest in reading. To that end though, I find or try to make sure I find reading assignments that are relevant to their interest and the world that is going on around them.