January 12, 2014.
There is an ongoing debate whether to allow students to read books that are not on their reading level or not. I have heard several 1st grade teachers vociferate strong arguments against “unstructured reading”, a reading which does not align with students literacy levels. However, news coming out of applied linguistics and language acquisition have another say in this.
The more you read the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor. ( From ” Stephen Long’s Writing Tips for Beginner Writers “.
As is evident in the visual below created by Paige and based on Krashen and Marylin’s research, reading out of the prescribed reading level or what is referred to below as ” reading difficult text” does in fact have some tangible benefits on kids’ reading abilities and in their meaning making. What about your take on this? share with us in the comment form below.
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