Essentials in Reading Instruction


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Essentials of Reading Instruction



Learners need teachers who demonstrate what it means to live richly literate lives, wearing a love of reading on our sleeves.

Learners need long stretches of time to read.

Learners need opportunities to read high-interest, accessible books of their choosing.

Learners need explicit instruction in the process and skills of proficient reading.

Learners need opportunities to talk in response to texts.

Learners need assessment based instruction, including feedback that is tailored specifically to them. Strugglers especially need instruction that is tailored to their specific strengths and needs, as well as extra time and extra help.

Learners need a balanced approach to language arts, one that includes a responsible approach to the teaching of writing as well as to reading.

Learners need teachers who read aloud




Calkins,  L & Tolan, K. (2010). A Guide to the Reading Workshop. New Hampshire: Heinemann.