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ERIC Number: ED353556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Critical Reading Skills through Whole Language Strategies.
Combs, Robin
A teacher used classics of children's literature to teach critical reading skills. Although scoring above the national average on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), the teacher's fourth-grade gifted students exhibited problems with critical reading skills. A literature unit involving whole language strategies and using Beverly Cleary's "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" and E. B. White's "Charlotte's Web" was implemented. Students kept literature logs while reading and engaged in classroom discussions using questioning techniques designed to develop critical thinking skills. Vocabulary instruction focused on using context clues in the stories to determine word meaning. Students did research on spiders in cooperative learning groups, created a "fact vs. opinion" bulletin board on pigs, and used creative writing to evaluate situations and recommend solutions from a pig's point of view. Students demonstrated higher level thinking skills and became problem solvers. Students' scores on the ITBS increased remarkably as a class, but bilingual students' increases were a disappointment. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills