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ERIC Number: ED476400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Students' Choice of Books during Self-Selected Reading.
Sewell, Elizabeth J.
It is important for students to choose books that are at their instructional reading level. A future reading specialist investigated what types of books first-grade students choose, and if they choose books at their reading level during self-selected reading. She undertook a literature review and developed procedures for conducting the study. Data were collected for 10 days during March and April in a first-grade classroom of 18 students. Where the students got their books for the self-selected reading block was also examined. A total of 168 books were collected during the 10 days of data collection. Out of the 168 books, 19 were chosen that were below the instructional level, 61 were chosen on the instructional level, and 88 were chosen above the instructional level. Thus a total of 107 out of 168 books (63.7%) were not on the students' reading levels while 61 out of 168 (36.3%) were on the students' reading levels. During the study, the students got their books mainly from the classroom library (90 out of 168 books). The next higher number of books (66 out of 168) were chosen from the book baskets at the students' tables. Nine out of 168 books were chosen from the school library, and 3 out of 168 books were brought from home. Thus, the classroom teacher needs to make sure to provide a variety of books in his/her classroom that students will like, so they will be motivated to select those books. Attached are observation, stages of literacy development, and data results sheets. (Contains 11 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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