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Creating Lifelong Readers Through Independent Reading

by Barbara Moss and Terrell A. Young

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Creating Lifelong Readers Through Independent Reading

Grades 2 – 7
Type Book
Pages 208
Published April 2010
Publisher International Reading Association

 

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In a time when reading instruction is being marginalized and replaced with scripted reading programs, Creating Lifelong Readers Through Independent Reading gives concrete suggestions for creating independent reading programs that make a difference. In a hands-on, approachable style, authors Barbara Moss and Terrell Young show you how to effectively reestablish independent reading as a central focus in your K–6 classroom. A thorough, research-based discussion of the benefits of independent reading is combined with the following practical tools to help you fit it into a jam-packed classroom schedule:

  • Tips for creating a sustainable, effective classroom library and maximizing the school library resources
  • Helpful guidelines for teaching students to self-select appropriate reading materials
  • Numerous suggestions for building effective independent reading time into your daily schedule—even during content area instruction
  • Lesson ideas for incorporating strategy instruction into independent reading time
  • An extensive literature list, graphic organizers for the classroom, and reproducible handouts for parents

Plus, insightful interviews with literacy leaders Richard Allington, Linda Gambrell, Tony Stead, Sharon Taberski, and Myra Zarnowski tie together key points about the importance of independent reading.

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Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

BOOKMATCH: Scaffolding Independent Book Selection

This lesson will be turning heads and pages as students learn how to choose appropriate books for independent reading exercises and later evaluate their choices.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Daily Book Boosts

Book Boosts—one-minute raves at the end of independent reading time—are easy ways to suggest new titles to students, and they act as a way for students to have something to think about as they read.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

A Daily DEAR Program: Drop Everything, and Read!

The teacher shouts, "Drop Everything and Read!" and students settle into their seats to read books they've selected. This independent reading program helps students build a lifelong reading habit.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Developing Reading Plans to Support Independent Reading

Students analyze their past readings and use that knowledge to create reading plans for the future.

 

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Choosing the Right Book: Strategies for Beginning Readers

Students make purposeful choices for their reading materials, thinking about their reasons for reading a book and using strategies to match books to their abilities.