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ERIC Number: ED449462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Pages: 9
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"The Phantom Tollbooth" and How the Independent Reading of Good Books Improves Student's Reading Performance.
Caldwell, Kathleen; Gaine, Thomas
This paper examines how students' independent reading of good books--one example is "The Phantom Tollbooth"--leads to improved reading performance. The paper also touches on the important factors that are impacting independent reading: priority and time. A literature review in the paper found, among other things, that the best predictor of reading achievement is the amount of time students spend reading on their own but, that many students do not read on their own as frequently as they should. The paper points out that independent reading accounts for 1/3 or more of vocabulary growth, provides students with a wide range of background knowledge, enhances reading comprehension, and promotes reading as a lifelong activity. It advocates the practice of sustained silent reading (SSR) with an emphasis on student choice as a method for students to acquire reading skills. The paper concludes that educators must promote positive reading attitudes through enjoyable teaching experiences, and that an extensive classroom library and incorporating good books into reading programs will motivate students to read. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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