Assorted Links on Reading
"Reading at Home Students are reading books, newspapers, and magazines a bit less in 1990 than in 1984, and they do less reading for fun as they grow older. They spend 12 times as much time watching television as they do outside reading, and the quantity of reading is associated with achievement. The amount students read per day varies considerably among the states. Thirteen-year-olds in the U.S. do less reading for fun than their peers in 11 other countries studied in 1991." - ETS.org (1992)
Trelease on Reading
Jim Trelease Talk: My Notes
Children of the Code "More than any other subject or skill,
our children’s futures are all but determined by how well they learn to read."
Reading and Your Child
Kids Who Read Succeed
"5 Benefits of Reading" - Impact Publishing
"Reading Versus Watching Television With Your Tots" - Teaching Tiny Tots
"When Mrs. Carson saw Benjamin's failing grades, she determined to turn her sons' lives around. She sharply limited the boys' television watching and refused to let them outside to play until they had finished their homework each day. She required them to read two library books a week and to give her written reports on their reading even though, with her own poor education, she could barely read what they had written." - Academy of Achievement
Fiction appears to stimulate something in your brain that improves `social intelligence'
"Case in point, a few years ago, neuroscientist Karen James found that preschool children who took part in a one-month long reading program where they practiced printing words improved more in their letter recognition than kids who did the same reading program but practiced naming (rather than writing) the words instead. Letter recognition isn’t enhanced as much by reading letters as it is by printing them." - Psychology Today (April 2013)
"Reading: Forth Grade. What proportions of student groups are reaching Proficient?" - The Nation's Report Card (2013)
"Nearly three-quarters of the eighth- and 12th-graders failed to achieve proficiency on a national writing test, according to a U.S. government report released Friday. For the first time, the exam let students use a computer." - Houston Chronicle (Sept 2012)
"Free-Reading is an “open source” instructional program that helps teachers teach early reading. Because it's open source, it represents the collective wisdom of a wide community of teachers and researchers. It's designed to contain a scope and sequence of activities that can support and supplement a typical “core” or “basal” program." - free-reading.net
"Obviously many people attend college who wouldn’t go in an earlier age. However, if you talk to college professors who have worked at the same institutions teaching the same type of students for more than 20 years, you will find they are almost unanimous in the observation that there has been a significant downturn in literacy, writing ability and attention span. Institutions that were selective in the past, and still are selective, cannot get by today without writing centers where students receive assistance with reading and writing. One reason why the SAT writing test was inaugurated was the sense of a widespread crisis in writing and thinking abilities." - The Thinking Housewife (Feb 2010)
"The report concluded that 57 percent of those who had proficient reading skills had performed volunteer work, compared with 18 percent of the people with poor skills. It also found that the better a person's reading skills, the more likely that person voted in the 2000 election. The Education Department study showed 84 percent of proficient readers voted, compared with 62 percent of those with basic skills and 53 percent of those with poor skills. " - Bloomberg (Nov 2007) and AL.com (Nov 2007)
"Educator and author Gloria DeGaetano shares a revealing insight from a second grade teacher at one of her workshops. The teacher said that on the first day of class, when she began reading the children a story, one boy, Tommy, started fidgeting anxiously. Looking up, he asked what he should be doing. "Just listen to the story," she answered. He looked at her blankly. She tried reassuring him, but he grew visibly more anxious. Finally, she asked Tommy to focus on his imagination, on the pictures he saw when she read aloud. But he shook his head sadly. He didn't see any pictures at all." - Psychology Today (Jan 2012)
"No matter what, every family should set aside at least an hour every evening for family reading. There are many advantages to this. One of them certainly is that reading to or with your kids helps them develop better reading skills, comprehension levels, and an interest in things beside TV and movies. The other important aspect of family reading time is that it gives you all a chance to sit down as a family and spend time together. With one or both parents working to make ends meet, children can at times feel neglected, thinking that your job is more important than they are." - Teaching Tiny Tots
"The 26 Major Advantages to Reading More Books and Why 3 in 4 People Are Being Shut Out of Success" - Persistence Unlimited (Dec 2007)
Literacyla.org - Reading Quotes
Reading and prison libraries
Is reading a good thing?
8 Ways Reading Makes You Better at Life
For Obama and past presidents, the books they read shape policies and perceptions
The 26 Major Advantages to Reading More Books and Why 3 in 4 People Are Being Shut Out of Success
The surprising ways that metaphors shape your world
The Impact of Television & Video Entertainment on Student Achievement in Reading and Writing
The Children's Literature Web Guide
Reading for Pleasure
"I share this story because Mom developed a lifelong habit of reading non-fiction because she wanted to impress her in-laws and other people who intimidated her. In the end, her habit saved my dad’s life."
Cartoonists Across America & The World
Death of Reading
It's Not Just for Oprah Anymore: Starting a Book Club for Kids
Reading for Pleasure, a Guardian seminar held on March 3 2006 in the Guardian Newsroom
Literary Reading in Dramatic Decline, According to National Endowment for the Arts Survey (2004)
What Is Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)?
Free Voluntary Reading (FVR)?Pays? Big Dividends!
Free Voluntary reading: New Research, Applications, and Controversies
Value of Reading Engagement for Children
The Matthew Effects
Hooked on Books - teachernet.gov.uk
"More than 20 percent of adults read at or below a fifth-grade level"
More on the National Reading Panel (NRP) Report - Stephen Krashen Yet more on the NRP Report - Jim Trelease
Texting Associated with Superior Reading Skills