Independent reading promotes reading development 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.
Watch how this elementary teacher supports students in selecting books for their independent reading. By asking students to identify strategies for choosing a just-right book for them, they are able to apply these tips when they choose books on their own.
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