Reading

  • Is your son/daughter reading 20 minutes every night? Make sure they are! It will make a world of difference in his/her reading abilities and skills!

    If a book seems too difficult for your son or daughter, try taking turns while reading the book aloud together.

    When reading, remember to question what you read. When discussing what you have read, remember to back up answers to your questions with specific details from the story.

    Expectations For Reading:

    • Challenge yourself as readers by reading various genres such as realistic fiction, fantasy, biography, mystery, and historical fiction.
    • Develop and articulate your criteria for selecting and abandoning books.
    • Go inside your books and respond to the writing you are reading; decide what is working and needs more work in the books you read.
    • Read as much as you can.
    • Take care of the books I have provided for you. Return each book you borrow to the classroom library.
    • Take a deliberate stance toward reading and responding with your whole heart and mind.

    Rules For Reading:

    • Don’t read a book you don’t like. Don’t waste time with a book you don’t love when there are so many great ones out there waiting for you.
    • If you don’t like your book, find another one. Browse; ask a friend, a librarian or me for a recommendation.
    • It’s all right to read a book you love. This is what readers do.
    • Read as well and as much as you can.

Ask Yourself

    • What makes a good book?
    • Have I read and comprehended everything that I need to be reading?
    • Can I identify conflict in a story?
    • Do I use context clues for understanding new vocabulary?
    • Am I able to distinguish cause and effect in my reading?
    • Do I understand and practice the correct way to answer an essay question? Do I restate the question? Do I back statements up with specific examples from the story? Do I practice writing a good conclusion?
    • Can I find important/crucial details?
    • Can I summarize the story? (Retell the major events in the order they happened/Sum up how each major event leads to the next/Sum up why the characters behave as they do?)
    • Do I use small clues or bits of information to be able to form conclusions not actually stated in words in a story? (inference)
    • Do I follow the reading strategies we have discussed? Do I read the title of the passage, look at associated pictures and graphics, skim the passage for key words, and then use my prior knowledge to predict and help me focus?