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ERIC Number: ED326835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Encouraging the Lifetime Reading Habit.
Sanacore, Joseph
Educators must accept the challenge of encouraging the lifetime reading habit in school. Students who are surrounded with books, newspapers, magazines, and other materials will be tempted to browse and to read from these sources. When selecting materials for the classroom, educators should work closely with the library media specialist who is usually aware of a wide variety of materials that are well-matched with students' interests and needs. This positive experience with reading builds independence and self-esteem, both of which are important for creating lifelong readers. After educators clutter the classroom with reading materials, they must give students the opportunity to read for pleasure in the classroom. By providing them with time to read in school, educators are sending students a message that lifetime literacy is a major instructional activity. A language arts educator should also be concerned with promoting and supporting the value of lifetime literacy across the curriculum. One way of supporting this challenge is to guide content area colleagues to include independent reading in their classroom for sustained blocks of time. The reading habit should be encouraged throughout the school year through methods such as reading aloud, booktalks, pairing young adult literature with traditional literature, and pairing of authors who are similar in their writing styles or themes. (A model of a student's yearlong schedule that includes independent reading is included, and 17 references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A