This was to help students understand that written language is meaningful, gain an understanding of text structures, and see what fluid reading looks and sounds like (Bainbridge & Heydon, 2017). The purpose of the read-aloud was also to help students work on the three receptive dimensions of language and literacy(Listening, Reading, Viewing). Along with the read-aloud, students were to bring in an artifact to share with the class. The purpose of this was to help them relate their lives to the story. When students see a connection between themselves and a character, they seem to enjoy reading more than when they do not see a connection.
Many times when reading, whether it be a newspaper, magazine article, an essay or a piece of literature crafted by greats such as Harper Lee, George Orwell and J.K Rowling you may have the “temptation to speed up” (355); Only because you have “so much more reading ahead of you” (355), but on the contrary the author of What Words Can Tell Francine Prose explains that “In fact it’s essential to slow down and read every word”(355). It is very critical that you analyze everything you read because in order for you to fully understand the subject at hand you must pick every word apart and thoroughly understand the meaning of each word. Francine Prose does this by using a technique called “close reading”. Prose believes that “Close reading” is extremely important and shows us how this is done by explaining a
They also appear to enjoy learning the content due to their involvement. The goal of this activity was to build students reading skills by working them through the subject and allowing them to discuss amongst each other any information that relates to the subject of the reading. It is also intended to help the students think as they read. This helped enable the students understand the subject of the reading, offer their own insight, and identify words more easily. This will also allow students to identify new words and will increase their ability with word identification and reading skills.
Reading in the early 1900’s, was viewed through the recitation of words. The subject of reading was an area that lacked attention; it was nonexistent and only touched amid English instruction (Sears, 2006). In the early 1910’s a book published by Edmund Bunk Huey titled The Psychology and Pedagogy of Reading, aid in influencing research in the subject of reading. Exploration of reading, additionally led to research in phonics and state standardized testing (Sears, 2006). In addition, World War I sparked attention to the severity of reading comprehension in the homes of Americans.
While traveling towards the path of seeping knowledge and analyzing critical ideals, we’ve become absent minded towards the components that gave us the ability to read. Since reading is always a part of our everyday routine, we have lost the idea that when it comes to learning how to read, we must start from the basics. From reading a case study, to reading a letter from a loved one, comprehension, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and oral language are the six essential components of reading. Before a child develops the ability to read, they begin to develop comprehension. Comprehension can be defined as the ability to understand.
Nowadays, there are a number of different types of assessments used in the classroom. Students are quizzed, pre-tested and tested and they are required to write essays, fill in the blanks and answer multiple-choice questions. These assessments are given by teachers as a method of determining whether or not the student has gained mastery over the content that is being taught. Individuals who teach reading operate in the same way. Given that one of the primary goals for teaching students to read is for them to comprehend the materials they read, teachers must devise a method of assessing whether students, in fact, understand what they read.
Final Paper Melissa Phelan EDUC 302 March 11, 2016 Liberty University Compare and contrast the bottom-up curriculum and the top-down curriculum Both the bottom-up and the top-down curriculum are similar in that they have the same objective: teaching students to understand the text. They are different in the approach to teaching students to understand the text. The term bottom-up curricula refers to a reading model that assumes the process of translating print to meaning begins with children learning the parts of language (Letters) to understanding whole text (meaning) (Vacca, et al., 2015). The top-down model of teaching assumes that the construction of textual meaning depends on the reader’s prior knowledge and experiences
Introduction Lenses on Reading: An Introduction to Theories and Modelsis an excellent read. The authors bring a lot of useful information to not only the field of education but to the classroom. Throughout the book, the authors provided vignettes to show theoretical models in action which gives the reader a visual of how the theoretical model can be applied. The layout of the chapters was in chronological order which is was also helpful.
Previously, in Dr. Boyce’s literacy class, we rigorously studied and learned how to apply reading strategies to specific texts. Thus, the text ‘Stupid Lady From Denver’ by Chris Tovani (2004) struck me as especially familiar. Everything that was stated in the article brought back memory after memory of all the various reading strategies we covered last semester. Tovani (2004) states that “Good readers separate themselves from struggling readers when they recognize that they are confused and do something to repair meaning”, which rings especially true to my memory as well (p. 5). She encouraged us to seek out challenging portions of the text that confused us, use our marks to label what was unknown, and then use the strategies such as ReQuest,
Amy MacRae once said "Literacy opens doors – It allows us to express our thoughts and to make sense of the world around us. Teaching children to be literate gives them a gift they’ll have for the rest of their lives!”. I agree with her because I believe that once people have a good understanding of reading people will never be alone. By never being alone I mean that people will always have the knowledge that people once read before. Literacy goes beyond just reading and writing; literacy is freedom. For example, it gives me the ability to explore, learn, and think critically about things I hear and see. Throughout the years I've been in school learning and improving my literacy skills have help me get good grades, help me fill out applications
Alexia is a good reader who needs to focus more in order to increase her comprehension, retention, and speed in reading. During the last few months, she studied and learned about strategies for improving comprehension and retention in reading (i.e. previewing, predicting, skimming, guessing, paraphrasing), and about the 3 steps in the reading process and for fast reading (previewing, overviewing, and reading). She read several chapters from books such as “Haciendo Caras” by Gloria Anzaldua, “Legacy of the Hearth” by Wayne Muller, “The People Vs. Columbus” by Zinn Education Project, “Without Discovery” by Ray Gonzalez, and many other reading assignments from lesson plans across the curriculum (i.e. Science, Social Studies, etc.). She has shown
In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Readers” by Kavitha Rao, she express her opinion on the topic that the current generation is not reading for fun. She mentions several experience she had with other people, that don 't see the benefit in reading for fun. She says that since people aren 't reading more leisure anymore they 're becoming less creative, inarticulate, have poor communication skills and low confidence, which is caused by parents forcing their kids to read, and the education system need to have students memorize textbooks and nothing else. After reading this article I find myself disagreeing with Rao on several points she made, I don’t believe the modern attitude towards reading is causing people to be self absorbed and unimaginative, she also claims that book clubs don 't encourage reading for fun, parents are forcing their children to read boring books which turned them away from reading and that the educational system is to blame for college students for being inarticulate.
Everyone knows that reading is important, but have you ever asked yourself why is that so? Reading is one of the most beneficial and practical activities that a human being can do. Unfortunately it is a disappointment that people these days read less. As we know, books were the main source of entertainment centuries ago, but with the widespread of technological advances such as the cinema, television, internet, among others, many people left their books on the bookshelf. The purpose of this speech is to present the benefits and the importance of reading. The reasons are that it is through reading that a person is going to be able to discover new ideas, concepts, meet new places and people that time, money or reality sometimes prohibited. It develops your communication tools and expands you knowledge and the conception around you.