Independent, self-selecting readers read for good reasons: to gain knowledge… to build on that knowledge… to explore a curiosity… to escape reality and enjoy the simple pleasure of reading. Nothing deadens the reading experience more than having no clear reason for doing the reading in the first place. Yet it has been a perennial problem in classrooms for decades.
Reading, writing, and arithmetic… For generations, that’s what we’ve been told students need. But what do they truly need to be successful in those subjects, other subjects, and life? They need strength, in all its forms.
Every teacher wants his or her students to have a deep appreciation for language and literature. To understand how and why language works—and to use that understanding to enjoy literature to its fullest. But developing that appreciation can be difficult for some students, especially those who are reluctant to read.