When too much assigning and not enough teaching occurs, students are on the road to readicide. Flood your students with good writing, all kinds of writing, frame your classwork around difficult reads, but maintain constant leisure reading, and let it be leisurely! Before reading Chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird, for instance, students should have an understanding of Herbert Hoover, the Great Depression, the Scottsboro Case which inspired Harper Lee to write the novel , and the kind of racism that existed in the U. To begin, I want to suggest to teachers — when students are participating in literature circles — that you just formatively assess students as they progress through the novel. The people who read this book are already going to be interested in reading and the growing trend of illiteracy amongst our students. Stenhouse, 2009 In an increasingly complex world, it is critical that students know how to write. Introduce deep reading and a love for learning instead of artificial measures; test for understanding, not for mere retention of facts - facts change and when they do, it is the ability to understand and process them that will count above mere retention.
The second half of the book explores how teachers overteach books by beating them into the ground and underteach books by failing to prepare students to tackle difficult concepts. These issues wo This book is definitely worth reading, but I also found its tone annoying at times. Since the amount of time available to teachers in a school year is finite, the inclusion of independent choice reading materials in a curriculum means that some things, usually whole class novels, have to go. The assumption was that, as an honor student, my daughter could handle the task. Balancing between whole class novels and independent reading Those who advocate student choice in the classroom make some excellent points. And the whole fiction versus nonfiction debate has been widely misunderstood by teachers.
He calls for students to be given access to high interest books and the time to read free voluntary reading, or sustained silent reading. Why is it that in preparing our students to demonstrate progress via standardized tests, we've actually inhibited their growth as independent, creative thinkers? And if we are to guide students to become thoughtful adults who possess such qualities, we must face the elephant in the room: U. Educators are familiar with many of the factors that have contributed to the decline—poverty, second-language issues, and the ever-expanding choices of electronic entertainment. Isn't it interesting that although many districts tout rising test scores at the local level, reading scores on a key national assessment are in decline? Educators are familiar with many of the factors that have contributed to the decline—poverty, second-language issues, and the ever-expanding choices of electronic entertainment. For that reason, Gallagher didn't assign his students The Grapes of Wrath as summer reading; young readers need help in understanding many of the books in the canon. Do this Not this so that students.
For a much more balanced approach to these issues, read Reading Matters by Catherine Sheldrick. The might surprise you …. I think I do a pretty good job with this. For many it does not. Remove book from oven every five minutes and insert worksheets. Students can read All Quiet on the Western Front while they are studying World War I in Modern World History classes.
In a similar vein, when I teach 1984, it doesn't overly concern me that some of my students are not going to like the novel. If not, why did the book fail as a teaching tool?. Your inability to understand the passage is not a phonemic awareness problem, a fluency problem, or a vocabulary problem. Not a lot of time is spent on this section, except to extol required recreational reading for a grade and silent sustained reading in class. Reason 1 It prevents students from reaching the reading flow. We used a multiple choice quiz to measure student comprehension. Factor 2: Schools limit authentic reading experiences.
Gallagher explains that reading is a skill that needs to be taught; we must look beyond decoding words and train students to read deeply. Educators are familiar with many of the factors that have contributed to the decline—poverty, second-language issues, and the ever-expanding choices of electronic entertainment. There are several 5-10 copies of books such as The Lovely Bones, Dairy Queen, So Be It, Where the Heart Is, and The Thirteenth Tale. It's by teachers, and primarily for teachers. One cannot read James Madison's Federalist papers or Toni Morrison's Beloved once and reach a deep level of understanding.
The first part of her solution is to create a reading frame for the entire book a history lesson, decontextualizing what they will read and the make reading frames for each assigned reading. They could be frustrated all summer as they responsibly hound their children to do their summer assignments rather than wait until the last minute. The problem is I completely agree with what the author has to say with one exception, that I'll address later. However, his theory that every classic can be valuable to every student if only they are taught right is ridiculous. Too many goals and objectives creates a choppy-effect when students read. I don't have a classroom space of my own and I have far less time with my students, so some of his suggestions just don't transfer very well to my situation. Without summer reading, there could be a loss equaling about one month on each grade-level equivalent scale.
Reading is dying in our schools. I urge language teachers to read this. Kelly Gallagher wrote a book that delineated all my reasons, and surprise, surprise, my results have been exactly as he predicted. On the other hand, many of his ideas are good. Follow him Love the book website idea.