Informational text good habits
Reading independence happens when students purposely use their reading skills to enhance learning.
Skills needed to independently learn from informational text
- Basic reading skills to comprehend text
- A vocabulary to support learning from a content area reading
- Know subject area text structure
- Read age-appropriate text fluently
- Understand the reasons for using text to learn
- Background knowledge to support meaning from the text
Prepare struggling readers for content area reading
- Preview key concepts or vocabulary
- Plan pre-read discussions
- Write pre and post reading to target key learning
- Read complex text in chunks to scaffold learning and check for understanding
- Practice making inferences from text at central learning points
- Model and practice thinking techniques while students are using complex text
- Teach, model, and practice word strategies
- Implement targeted vocabulary curriculum
- Increase reading time
Learn from reading
- Primary sources
- Secondary sources
- Authentic text
Quality, not quantity.
- Social media
Informational reading from high-quality text
Online resources are easy to find, quality is not guaranteed.
System of text resources
- Identify resources
- Easy access
- Storage system
- Quality check
Resource access gaps effects learning.
Other than online
Students still need to read from print books. Reading online is difficult, requires great concentration, and takes particular skills.
Online close reading of complex text is hard, especially for younger students learning to read with depth.
- What skills do our students need to learn from a complex expository text?
- What text available to use during school hours?
- Are the textbooks of high quality?
- Does the textbook have high-quality illustrations, graphs, and other learning sources that go beyond just the text?
Quality books are content rich and use a variety of styles to support learning.