Improving Teens’ Reading Speed and Comprehension

“In silent reading we never know, Is it actual reading? Is it skimming? Is it spacing out? Who knows what’s going on? And, on the issue about how to [approach it], there are a couple of things. One is reading materials that are actually of interest to the students. So what makes programs like Read Naturally or REWARDS so effective is that they carefully select short but coherent passages that stand alone, that actually communicate interesting information. For example, they’ll read about the woman who invented the potato chip. Now that won’t help them pass their SAT exams, but it is interesting. And it is legitimate information.”

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