Reading

HOW TO FINANCE YOUR CLASSROOM LIBRARY

By |2024-02-07T19:40:39-07:00June 29th, 2023|

Laura, a beginning teacher, writes: "I would love to use some of your books and start some FVR, How do I do that if the school doesn't have extra money to buy books for FVR and books to read together?" Good question, and one that I get asked a [...]

FOCUSED BOOK REPORTS

By |2023-02-06T20:00:35-07:00February 6th, 2023|

My students have had success with  Focused Reading Book Reports.  These are not your typical summary book reports. They each have a specific point for students to concentrate on as they think about the book. Download these forms for free and try them out with some of your students. [...]

THE VALUE OF FREE READING

By |2023-01-30T10:17:48-07:00January 30th, 2023|

(This article was originally published in the International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (IJFLT), Summer, 2005 edition under the title Another Win for Harry Potter: More Evidence of the Value of Free Reading. I'm still learning from this kid.) Here is the article in a pdf format. Have you [...]

LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE: A Culture Changed by Art

By |2022-12-04T18:13:53-07:00December 4th, 2022|

Language is more than mere vocabulary and grammar. Authentic cultural stories like this one can help students to communicate. Students need to know the background information that these kinds of stories provide to understand the metaphor-laden speech and imagery that every native speaker uses all the time—up to six [...]

Quantity Beats Quality

By |2022-08-19T13:21:08-06:00August 19th, 2022|

(This is a excerpt from my book and workshop: Hi-Impact Reading Strategies: How to Accelerate Fluency and Proficiency with Reading. Get the book in hard copy here and the eBook here.) When designing your Independent Reading Program this year, consider this. An interesting experiment is described in the book [...]

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