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Literature: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve is a collection of outstanding
literature for children and adolescents complied by the California Department
of Education. This excellent list is searchable by genre and category and reflects
great cultural diversity.
These two highly recommended
books for teachers present research on the importance and nature of student
Krashen, Stephen D. The Power
of Reading: Insights From the Research. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries
McQuillan, Jeff. The Literacy
Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions. Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Heinemann,
a Division of Reed Elseiver, Inc., 1998.
And what does the research tell us?
- Amount counts--the more students
read, the better they will read.
- Voice and choice--when students
have a say in what they read, they will read more
- Free and voluntary--when reading
is done freely and voluntarily, with no strings attacked--no book reports,
no projects due--students read more, much, much more
- SSR (silent sustained reading)--students
need teachers to provide time to free read
- Reading improves comprehension,
spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing style.
What can teachers do to increase
the amount students read?
- Increase access to books--build
classroom collections, encourage students to visit the library
- Strategies--incorporate reading
into as many lessons as possible; read aloud to students; provide time for
silent sustained reading; encourage student "ownership" of reading
by allowing students reasonable voice and choice in the selection of reading
- Motivation--talk to students about
what you read, model the fact that you are a reader
The Rodriguez High School Library
is strongly committed to improving student reading. Look for the library to
be proactive in improving literacy. Working collaboratively, we know we can
make a difference:
- Librarian booktalks in classrooms--the
librarian will visit your classroom and "sell" recommended, young
adult books to your students.
- Build classroom collections--the
library will help you select and locate great titles.
- Have you read a book lately that
teens would enjoy? Please stop by the library and fill out one of our "Staff
Recommends" cards. These cards include the title, author, a two-or-three-line
teaser, and your name. We will then post the cards on the shelves next to
the recommended books.
- Are you starting a new unit? The
library can select titles, both fiction and nonfiction, that connect thematically
to your curriculum.
- Help us celebrate Banned Books
Week in September and Teens Read Week in October--more details to follow.
For ideas on incorporating reading
across the curriculum and improving student reading, take a look at the Reading
Village web site.
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