If we really want students to be better at our content, then we must ensure that we are making them better readers. In other words, all teachers must consider how reading is being taught explicitly to their students. Furthermore, reading instruction is thought of as a silent and individual learning activity, but here's the problem with that philosophy. How many of us read informational texts in our work and never do anything with it? Real-world reading requires us to do more than answer multiple choice questions in isolation. We need to make certain that our instruction mirrors this idea of interactivity. If we can do that, the multiple choice answers will be answered correctly.
What I like about this article is that it illustrates the 4 access points of reading:
- Establishing Purpose - "Kids benefit from having a clearly established purpose for learning."
- Closed Reading - "A systematic practice of analyzing a text to gain deep comprehension."
- Collaborative Conversations - "It's not enough to have students read complex informational texts; they also need time to discuss these texts and interact using academic language."
- Wide Reading - "Ensures that students read enough to build their background knowledge and vocabulary"
Bonus Video - At the bottom of the article is a great video that shows how a teacher uses these 4 access points to make her students better readers. Prepare yourself. It's not a quiet video.