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Independent Reading


Independent reading promotes literacy by emphasizing student choice with teacher support in selecting books, as well as by making time for free reading. As an integral part of literacy programs, independent reading allows students to practice and apply the reading skills and strategies they have learned to texts they are motivated to read.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how these classrooms promote a culture of independent reading. By scheduling time for independent reading and providing the routine of practicing their strategies, the school helps the students really understand as well as enjoy what they are reading.

  • Establishing a consistent time for students to independently read sets expectations that everyone is a reader. Providing access to a variety of appealing reading materials is crucial for empowering student independence in selecting what they read. Expecting students to spend their time with texts that are at an appropriate reading level is just as important in supporting their overall reading growth.
  • Design It into Your Product

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    See how digital libraries like Epic! allow learners to access and browse a diverse collection to find an appropriate-level book that interests them. With over 25,000 titles to choose from, learners have the opportunity to nurture their love for reading and expand their Literacy Environment.

  • Products can promote independent reading by allowing learners to choose from appropriately leveled texts that interest them while also monitoring their work to hold them accountable for their reading. They can also help make independent reading part of learners' daily routines by reminding them when to read.
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