ERIC Number: ED260377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Enriching the Classroom Reading Program.
Newcastle, Helen; Ward, Barbara
If reading is to become a lifelong passion, teachers must strive to encourage in students a lifelong interest in reading, and to improve their literature appreciation and critical reading abilities. Research indicates that teachers must enrich the reading curriculum beyond the basic skills program if children are to learn to love to read. Such an enrichment program should provide time in the daily schedule for (1) developing interest in self-selected reading material, (2) oral reading by the teacher, (3) silent reading, (4) interpretation and sharing activities related to reading, and (5) parent involvement in the reading program. A place should be set aside within the classroom where reading activities may be carried on. The area should provide space for displays and audiovisual equipment, and approximately 3 to 5 books or items per student or a collection of 100-150 items rotated at least once a month. The materials should be of high quality, and related to the interests and experiences of the age group. Time should be given for the encouragement of reading and use of the center, and for responding to the materials. Finally, such a program requires a teacher who is enthusiastic about reading, knowledgeable about materials, and eager to help students develop interest and enthusiasm in reading and give them appropriate guidance in making reading selections. (A suggested schedule for a reading enrichment program is included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Far West Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (11th, Portland, OR, March 7-9, 1985).