Although this article clearly has a political agenda, the clear stating of the 6 main parts of effective reading instruction tie in nicely with Donalyn Miller’s 5 characteristics of ‘wild’ or lifelong readers, from the book ‘Reading in the Wild’ which I blogged about in April.
1. Every child reads something he or she chooses.
2. Every child reads accurately.
3. Every child reads something he or she understands.
4. Every child writes about something personally meaningful.
5. Every child talks with peers about reading and writing.
6. Every child listens to a fluent adult read aloud.
This last part – listening to a fluent adult read aloud is something that Miller didn’t list, but perhaps that is because her characteristics were based on her observation of adult readers, as opposed to students.
Anyhow, read the article for yourself and see what you think…