An overemphasis on analytical skills can make reading a joyless task.
OK. I’ve promoted the idea of Independent Reading (not SSR, etc.) for over a decade until recently finding the practice is going out of favor with reading gurus (Shanahan has always been against it) but have never found a practice that would stimulate a love of reading until this article. Read Alouds using narrative stories that also includes non fiction/expository material to capture a student’s interest seems like a good (even better) substitute to independent reading. That said, we’ll still need to find time for students to read on their own...perhaps as a homework assignment.
Love this. As a school child we read Jane Eyre by going around the class and each child reading aloud one page. Most of the class were not confident at reading aloud and stumbled over every other word. Perhaps it was good practice for them, though they certainly seemed to hate it. And it made the book absolutely deadly.
Try looking into Scaffolded Silent Reading by Reutzel et al.
I am happy to see reading for pleasure reintroduced as a best practice in literacy. I'm curious. With technology such as Kindle Immersion Reading that pairs audio books with with an endless selection of ebooks, why are educators not taking advantage of technology to give greater access to independent reading experiences? Why are whole class readalouds preferable?
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Honestly, I think this has been a problem for even longer. We usually read whole books when I was a kid in school in the 90s and early 00s, but had to answer these same sorts of questions and generally beat the story to death... I didn't know very many kids who read for fun in those days either. I did (still do) and hated English class most of the time anyway.
The first book I remember LOVING was Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer," which I believe I received as a gift at the age of 10. There were two things that endeared me: 1) Twain's brilliant writing, and 2) the hero, namely a boy a few years older than me engaging in adventures well outide the scope of my boring suburban life. Later I enjoyed "Peck's Bad Boy and his Pa," now unfortunately out of print but still available as a reprint. In this book, yet another boy somewhat older than me had adventures that I could never dream of - he constantly pulled tricks on his parents. The book is a series of short stories framed as a series of visits by the boy himself to the corner grocer, in which the boy relates the tricks and their outcomes to the proprietor, who listens with dubious amusement. Adding to the allure, I believe, is that both these books are set in the 19th century, another world apart from mine. Pop stars in their 20s attract audiences of children ten years younger, children who aspire the the stars' impossibly adventurous lifestyles. Based on my own experience with books, this is a great formula for inspiring interest in a young person.