In addition to the whole-class works we will read in class, we expect you to be engaged in independent reading. We will give you time in class to read when possible, and you’ll need to carve out some time away from class in order to meet your reading goals.
- Reading is rewarding.
- Reading builds a mature vocabulary
(fights word poverty).
- Reading makes you a better writer.
- Reading is challenging and “challenging” is necessary.
- Reading makes you smarter.
- Reading prepares you for the world of work.
- Reading well is financially rewarding.
- Reading opens the door to college and beyond.
- Reading arms you against oppression.
- …because you can!
By Donalyn Miller / author of Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer’s Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits
• Dedicate time to read. They spend substantial time reading in spite of their hectic lives. Wild readers capitalize on the moments in their days when they are bored or waiting, and rack up significant reading time by stealing it.
• Successfully self-select reading material. Wild readers are confident when selecting books to read and have the experience and skills to choose books successfully that meet their interests, needs, and reading abilities.
• Share books and reading with other readers. Wild readers enjoy talking about books almost as much as they like reading. Reading communities provide a peer group of other readers who challenge and support us. As literacy expert, Stephen Krashen reminds us, “Children read more when they see other people reading.”
• Have reading plans. Wild readers plan to read beyond their current book. They anticipate new books by favorite authors or the next installment in a beloved series. Reading is not a casual, once-in-awhile pursuit.
• Show preferences for genres, authors, and topics. Yes, children need to read widely and experience a wide range of texts as part of their literacy educations. But wild readers express strong preferences in the books they like to read—gravitating toward specific genres, writing styles, topics, and beloved authors.