ERIC Number: EJ852095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Encouraging Reflective and Critical Thinking during Silent Reading: An Action Research Project in a Grade 2/3 Classroom
Webster, Jennifer A.
Ontario Action Researcher, v7 n2 Article 3 2004
In this action research project, undertaken in a Grade 2/3 classroom, I posed the question: How can I encourage the readers in my class to become reflective and critical thinkers as they read? My aim was to support students in becoming reflective about what they read as well as about the strategies they used while reading, and to support the students in becoming critical thinkers about how they could improve their current reading strategies and understanding of the text. A particular activity upon which I focused was silent reading time. As I modelled strategies, discussed with individual students their skills and how they could improve, directed their thinking with questions, and provided support (such as scribing for struggling writers), I found that the students became much more engaged in their reading and provided thoughtful written and/or oral answers and comments after reading. The students also performed well on the provincial Grade 3 test during which they read and reread the text carefully and provided detailed answers.
Descriptors: Silent Reading, Action Research, Reading Strategies, Grade 3, Grade 2, Reading Instruction, Critical Thinking, Classroom Techniques, Reading Improvement, Reader Text Relationship, Instructional Effectiveness, Portfolios (Background Materials), Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2; Grade 3
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada