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Using independent reading to anchor literacy learning

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How does Independent reading fit into an effective ELA curriculum? Use the text rendering protocol to guide the discussion, read and discuss the text K-3 essential practices or 4-5 essential practices. (Participants can break into grade bands and select relevant text)

Listen to author Kelly Boswell (7:49)  as she describes several reading and writing connections and how teaches can leverage independent reading practices in the classroom.

Student choice and diverse reading selections: Highlight that kids can use the visual chart (“Interest board”) regarding students’ interests (from above) to help them expand genres and ask for peer input. Circle back with the idea that kids can use the wall chart as opportunities for peer collaboration and recommendation. If a student is working to expand their choices to a different genre, they can look at the ‘Interest board’ to see what other kids are interested in (animals NF, fantasy, comics, etc.) Use this opportunity to engage students in book talks!


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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education