ERIC Number: ED204742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Individualizing a Middle School Reading Program.
Bell, Louise C.
The individualized reading approach is a means of teaching reading to middle school students using self-selection of books by students, individual teacher-student conferences, and grouping according to needs and interests. During the teacher-student conferences, the students share their feelings about the book they are reading as the teacher assesses reading interests, abilities, needs, and comprehension. Groups are then formed to teach skills or to combine students with similar interests. Once these groups have reached their goals, they are disbanded and new ones are formed. Before selecting books for the program a teacher should survey students to determine their reading attitudes and interests. The classroom should provide a place for individual conferences and ease of movement, and possibly a learning center offering skill enhancement activities. A teacher should establish routines with students and make them aware of independent activities in which they will be involved. Activities that will provide opportunities for students to share what they have read include writing an advertisement for the book, writing a television program based on the story, and designing a book jacket. (Copies of a reading interest survey and a student evaluation checklist are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (26th, New Orleans, LA, April 27-May 1, 1981).