7 Habits Presentation - Iowa Reading Association

7 Habits of Highly
Effective Readers
Joanne Kaminski
 Our goal is to turn every reader into a highly effective reader,
but before we can do that, we need to find out what highly
effective readers do.
 They love listening to books.
 They have books everywhere.
 They know how to pick out just right books.
 They read often.
 They read for meaning.
 They like to read out loud.
 They use the most frequently taught comprehension strategies.
Love Listening to Books
 Never too young or old to listen to books.
 http://www.readaloud.org/index.html
Love Listening to Books
Love Listening to Books
 Get a CD player with multiple head jacks and create a
station for kids to listen to a book together.
 Go to http://www.storylineonline.net and have
students watch their favorite actors read their favorite
 Invite parents to come into the classroom and read to
small groups of students.
 Invite older kids in the school to come to your classroom
and read books to your students.
Have Books Everywhere
 Not everyone has the benefits of having books
According to research by Richard Allington 2006
 Classrooms with a larger supply of books had kids who
read more frequently.
 Classrooms with a larger supply of books usually had
more kids reading books they could read successfully.
Have books everywhere
 Create a classroom library with about 100 books per
child. For example, if you have 20 students, then you
will want to have 2,000 books.
 Stock your classroom with the newest books in a series
that your students love.
 Do book talks to get your students excited about reading
new books.
Have books everywhere
 Create a silent sustained reading time, where kids can
read books of their choice each day.
 Spend a few minutes each day talking with kids
individually to find out what is happening in their books
and to take the time to listen to them read.
 Sign up for Scholastic Book Club.
Have books everywhere
 Read a book aloud to your class.
 Talk with the reading specialist or principal to see if you
can book an author to motivate kids to read and write.
 Research authors that your students enjoy reading and
find out what other books they have written.
 Teach students how to find a book trailer.
Read Often
If They Don’t Read Much, How They Ever Gonna Get
Good? – Richard Allington
According to research by Cunningham and Stanovich a
student in the 98th percentile reads 65 minutes a day. This
adds up to 4,358,000 words a year.
Students at the 20th percentile read .7 minutes a day.
This adds up to 21,000 words per year.
Read Often
 Have your students rate books after they have read
them using a 5 star system.
 Post the titles of books that have the highest stars for
kids in your class to read so that others will be
motivated to read them.
 Incorporate author studies in your classrooms.
 Cut-out “stuff” – worksheets, busy work
Richard Allington on reading
often - 2006
“Perhaps workbooks and all skill-and-drill reproducibles
should be required to carry a warning: Caution. Sustained
use of this product may cause reading/learning
difficulties. Conversely books might carry a label that
said: Research has demonstrated that regular reading of
this product can reduce the risks of acquiring a
reading/learning disability.”
Read because they love to, not
because they are told to.
I cannot live without good books. - Thomas Jefferson
Read because they love to, not
because they are told to.
 Create a comfy place in the classroom for kids to choose
to read. You can bring in a couch and place it in the
corner of the room or get some different fancy pillows
that kids can arrange in different ways.
 Put supplies like a dictionary, thesaurus, writing
supplies, and blanket in the comfy area to read their
Monitor their reading
 They read bold headings.
 They read captions.
 They look at the pictures instead of skipping them.
 They self monitor their reading.
 If something doesn’t sound right, then they go back and read
it again.
 They are able to learn the meanings of new words from the
Monitor their reading
 While your students are reading during SSR time, walk
around with a clipboard and ask kids if there were any
parts of the book that they are reading that they got
stuck on. Then ask them how they solved that problem.
 Get the book How to Raise Non-fiction Reading Levels to
help kids monitor their comprehension with non-fiction
 Teach the importance of reading captions and bold
headings as a mini lesson.
Enjoy reading out loud
 1. Raise their hand to read out loud.
 2. Reads with expression.
 3. Follows the rules for punctuation.
Enjoy reading out loud
 Remember to praise your students more than you correct
 Use rubrics to rate people when they read, so that they can
get specific feedback on how their reading sounds.
 Go to www.gigglepoetry.com to practice short poems with
kids. Kids will enjoy reading these poems over and over
 Talk about the importance of stopping properly for
punctuation when you and your students are reading.
 Use the symbols //, /, ↑, and * and the colors to teach kids
how to read the punctuation.
Use the most frequently taught
comprehension strategies
Use background knowledge to make sense about what
they are reading
Make predictions before and after reading
Visualize what is happening in the story
Ask questions
Make connections
Evaluate which part of the story they like and don’t
Use the most frequently taught
comprehension strategies
 Teach a child how to preview a book appropriately before
reading it.
 Teach students how to visualize and make mind movies when
they are reading.
 Teach your students the difference between a comment and a
 Teach students how to make connections.
 Use Venn Diagrams to compare different books.
 Teach students how to evaluate books after they are done
reading them and post them in the classroom for other
students to see.
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