Please Read Politely!
In order for students
fluent, independent readers, it is important for them to master the
reading silently. Silent reading increases reading comprehension as the
practice advanced decoding skills. It also reinforces reader motivation
reader learns to associate the silent reading time as a positive,
experience. This lesson will provide students with practice reading
allowing them to read and reread decodable text until they achieve this.
Class set of the book Polly’s Shop by B. Grout, Modern
Curriculum Press, 1996.
Chart with the
sentence “Her cat
ran in the den.” and “I like to kick the ball with him.”
Silent Reading checklist for each student (see format below)
Explain to students
the importance of reading silently. Now that we have become such good
out loud, we are going to learn how to read silently to ourselves. You
this “reading in-loud” instead of “out-loud”. This is an important
learn since it is not always polite or appropriate to read every word
Review with students
the strategy of using cover-ups to decode words. Show the words cash on the board. Cover up all but the
vowel and read the sound /a/. Then uncover the first letter to read
uncover the last two letters to read
Explain how students
can use silent reading. Who can tell
me what the number one rule in the public library is? That’s right – to
If you want to go to the library to read books, would you be able to
loud so that everyone could hear you? No! You would have to read the
yourself. The same would be the case if you wanted to read in our class
you have finished an activity but while others are trying to finish.
are going to learn how to be polite readers who can read silently to
by practicing re-reading text until we reach that level.
Model to students how
to read the sentence “Her cat ran into the den.” First, I will read
sentence out loud. “Her cat rrr…” I don’t know what this word is, so I
cover-ups to read it. Model how to read “ran” with cover-ups and read
of the sentence. “Her cat ran in the den.” Now I will try reading this
softer voice. (Read sentence). Now I will read this sentence in a
sentence). Now I will read this sentence just moving my lips. (Read
Now here’s the last step. I can read this sentence “in-loud” or
it is important for me to think about if I understand what I have just
my head. What did the cat do? He ran in the den.
Simple practice will
involve the students reading another sentence on the board (I
like to kick the ball with him). As a class, follow the same
steps used above in modeling to read this sentence (out loud, in a
voice, in a whisper, moving their lips, and finally silently).
Whole texts used will be Polly’s Shop. Provide
each student with a copy. Have students try
reading the book silently. If they have trouble, instruct them to use
method taught above to try to achieve silent reading.
be in the form of a checklist. Make observations of each student while
read and mark the following.
___Reads in a whisper
___Reads while moving lips
Answer 3 questions for reading comprehension:
1. Whose shop is the book about? (Polly’s)
2. What is the problem in Polly’s shop? (All of
are mixed together)
3. What did the boy and his dad want to buy? (a
Grout, B. Polly’s Shop.
Modern Curriculum Press: Parsippany, NJ.
Schaum, Susan. “Now
you hear me, now you don’t!” http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/guides/schaumgf.html
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