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Melanie McLeod
Silent Reading
Tue Sep 8, 2015 18:15

Hey, Joanne:

I know what you mean with regards to having students tap into their own background knowledge about upcoming reading topics. I always use the phrase from the extended version of the KWL chart that Dr. Greene taught us about last semester. I always ask the students "What do you think you know about _____?" Then, with using the word 'think,' we can confirm, add to, or change their predictions as they read. Also, I believe that the silent reading strategy comes into play as the students read at a certain level. From teaching 1st grade, by the time my students read at a Level I/J (many of them toward the end of the school year), the majority have already trained themselves to read silently. However, I would like to know if there's a certain technique we could model/tell the children to help them become aware of silent reading.....or if the skill just naturally occurs as they grow with their reading skills.

  • Whole-to-Part Reading Theory - joanne abrams, Mon Sep 7 12:43
    Cunningham's article about Whole to Part reading confirmed to me that not only do all these parts of reading exist, but have a typical occurring order. When I read this article and how it all relates ... more
    • Silent Reading - Melanie McLeod, Tue Sep 8 18:15
      • silent rdg - joanne abrams, Tue Sep 8 19:35
        Thanks Melanie...that's a great strategy as the word KNOW is not flexible...adding the word THINK allows more freedom of thought. I am glad to hear that eventually you see the silent read process... more
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