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Understand the role of independent reading in an effective ELA curriculum

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What is the research behind Independent Reading?   Devon Brenner from Mississippi State University presents (8:29) some of the research supporting the critical nature of allotting time every day for students to read independently as part of effective literacy instruction.

Application:  Debbie Miller has some great suggestions for finding time/time allocation for independent reading. Giving up time wasters (transition times; singing silly songs in the morning, lining up by color of shirt, etc) helps create extra minutes in the day.  Conduct an informal inventory of your daily schedule.  Write the minutes next to each activity, including transitions.  Brainstorm ideas within your own routines and procedures that could create more minutes in the day for independent reading.

OPTION A: Participants work in partners and small groups to do Literacy Practices Sort activity. Consider instructional purpose, type of text, type of grouping and ways that these activities relate to essential practices framework.

OPTION B: Then watch the video about Lenawee ISD (7:42) in Michigan to discuss how this district implemented the Essential Practices as a cohesive framework for professional learning, instruction, and family/community engagement.


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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