What are the components of independent reading?
Abundant reading research proves that the following components of an independent reading program increase students' reading achievement and motivation to read:
- Access to books: Students need access to a wide array of reading materials
- Time to read: Students need consistent, daily time to read at school.
- Reading engagement: Students need classroom conditions that engage them with reading and foster reading self-efficacy.
- School-wide support: Schools must create a culture of reading that values reading in all subject areas.
- Well-stocked libraries with qualified librarians: School library collections should contain current, well-maintained collections of interesting reading material manned by trained, licensed librarians.
- Student choice: Students need frequent opportunities to select their own reading materials for both personal and academic reasons.
- Strategies: Students apply strategies that they learn during guided reading and shared reading. They will continuously work on decoding and comprehension.
- Goals: Teachers conference with students and help them to set independent reading goals based on areas they need to strengthen.