Supporting Independent Reading
Typical Classroom Libraries
What do the experts say?
"A key factor of independent reading is choice." – Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Independent reading offers the opportunity for students to develop tastes as readers and to read a large number of self-selected books on their own. It is as students read, enjoy, and interact with texts that they choose that they will become lifelong readers.Source
We support student access to classroom libraries that
1) offer a wide range of materials to appeal to and support the needs of students with different interests and abilities;
2) provide access to multiple resources that reflect diverse perspectives and social identities; and
3) open up opportunities for students, teachers, and school librarians to collaborate on the selections available for student choice and reading.
Sites to visit:
Catapano, S, Fleming, J., & Elias, M. (2009). Building an effective classroom library. Journal of Language and Literacy Education [Online], 5(1), 59-73.