Inquisition Into Teaching Reading

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This Wikispace was created by our small group in our LLED 420 class at Penn State University. We hope to utilize this resource and the information we compile on it as a means of increasing our knowledge about our future profession as English teachers. By organizing and validating answers to frequently asked questions we can further our roles as educators/researchers to contribute to the profession, and more specifically, to make us better qualified teachers.

  1. How do you teach reading to a completely illiterate person?
  2. 5 years old, 25 years old, from another culture/country?
  3. What is meant by adolescent literacy?
  4. What percentage of prisoners are illiterate?
  5. What are the characteristics of a strong reader? A weak reader?
  6. What is the connection between reading and writing? *
  7. What are some predictors of success in reading?

Student Involvement
  1. How do you get students to actually read a book?
  2. What do you do about movie versions and Sparknotes of books?
  3. What can you tell by listening to a student read?

Curriculum Selection
  1. What are the advantages/disadvantages of teaching short stories?
  2. How do you teach to read poetry?
  3. How do you choose a book?
  4. What are the remedial course curricula?
  5. DISTAR, phonics, SRA
  6. What is Phonics? What is the controversy?
  7. How do you evaluate reading skill and comprehension?
  8. How do you determine if an activity is grade level appropriate?
  9. What are the advantages of teaching shorter / longer works?
  10. What are the advantages of teaching drama?
  11. The cannon vs. contemporary vs. multicultural vs. experimental books - advantages and disadvantages?
  12. Shakespeare vs. Middle English vs. Chaucer vs. old English - advantages and disadvantages?
  13. To what extent can you have your students reading different books at the same time? choices in reading?

Teaching Methods
  1. What is the role of discussion and reading?
  2. How to lead an active discussion?
  3. What is an active discussion?
  4. How/what are we teaching “reading” in high school? What does that mean?
  5. What do you do about “official readings”?
  6. New criticism - construct readings of texts
  7. How do you make a text relevant to your students?
  8. How do you teach critical reading?
  9. What is meant by active reading?
  10. How do you teach a book you’ve never read?

  1. How do you make accommodations?
  2. What is meant by mainstreaming?
  3. How do you help/deal with struggling readers?
  4. Remedial reading courses?
  5. What do you do with a class of varying reading levels?
  6. With varying ESL students mixed in?

Controversial Issues with Curriculum
  1. What do you do when you’re forced to teach a novel?
  2. How do you deal with a novel that deploys racist language?
  3. Can you abandon a novel?
  4. Do you have to read a novel all the way through?
  5. What do you do with parental disapproval? Censorship?
  6. How do you add a book to a high school approved list?
  7. Do we have to (or should we) love what we teach?

Networking within Teaching
  1. Who are the reading gurus - the leaders in the field?
  2. What is the role of the librarian in reading?
  3. What can you learn from a librarian?
  4. What is a cognitive strategy? (Carol Booth Olsen)

Reflections and Values of Wiki Project