A READING AND WRITING PROGRAM FOR TODAY’S STUDENTS
Is an active process in which the reader constructs meaning from text. The school should build on the language and literacy skills that the child has learned at home. Is not simply a matter of acquiring and perfecting skills, it also accumulating vocabulary, concept, experiences, and background knowledge. Nine (9) Principles of Reading and Writing Program
1. Children learn to read by reading
Learning to read is a little like learning to drive a car instruction and guidance are required. In addition to instruction and guidance, novice reader, like novice motorist, requires practice. They must read a variety of fiction and nonfiction books, newspaper, and magazines to become truly skilled. They can read but they do not, at least not on a regular basis. Those who read more, read better.
2. Reading should be easy –but not too easy
If the children find reading difficult, they will acquire distaste for it and will simply stop reading except when they have to. They will fall farther behind, and their distaste and avoidance will grow. Also, if the text is too difficult, they will be less likely to take part of the lesson. Give students a book that they can handle ease and suggested that students do best with reading materials in which more than 2% to 5% of words are difficult for them 3. Instruction should be functional and contextual
Do not teach skills or strategies in isolation-teach a word-attack skill because students must have it to decipher words. Students learn better when what they are being taught has immediate value. 4. Make connections
Build a bridge between children’s experiences and what they are about to read. Help them see how what they know is related to the story or article. You should also help students connect new concepts to old concepts. Reading and talking about humorous stories can expand students concept of humor and remind them of funny things that have happen to them. 5....
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