literacy Tag

At the start of the school year the media usually raises the issue about the increasing number of students who are failing to learn to read. The interesting thing is, there is no evidence that standards of achievement in reading are declining. In fact, the evidence shows that there has been a steady increase in fourth grade reading levels since 1988, but “the current difficulties in reading largely originate from rising demands for literacy, not from declining levels of literacy.” (National Research Council 1998) This has huge implications for us in our teaching. We need to think carefully about how we are going to equip our students with the strategies to deal with the rapidly changing world of print. Our students will need to have strategies to deal with the: Volume of print and the need to be able to read selectively to negotiate this Range and complexity of print, including electronic sources, and the need to be able to read in many ways Availability of information from a wide range of sources and the need to be critical readers Focusing on questioning as a comprehension strategy is one way we can help our students become critical and strategic readers. Questions and making sense of the world. From a very young age, children actively strive to make sense of their world through constant questioning. The ability to ask questions comes naturally for young children, such as these questions from a group of five-year-olds watching a fly: “How do flies...

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