Over the course of eleven years, I taught middle and high school language arts and English, and the thing that my colleagues and I spoke the most about was promoting independent reading. So many English teachers resort to reading to their students, or assigning independent reading to their students without any collaboration opportunities, that students resist reading, even in English class. (For further reading on why and how students resist reading, check out Kelly Gallagher and his book, Readicide.)
During my year as a secondary literacy coach, I also worked with content teachers who wanted to encourage reading in their classrooms and get kids reading more often, but they were not sure how to work it in to their lessons without it feeling forced. Many also were hesitant to incorporate reading because they did not feel as though they knew how to encourage discussion and design activities to follow-up with the reading assignments.
The TRUTH In Teaching reading resources are not aligned to any specific state standards, national standards, or testing curricula. They are strategies that I used and developed during my career to get kids to engage in reading tasks, to think about about their approaches reading, and to get them reading, period.
For easy reference, the Reading Resources categories are listed below, in alphabetical order. I will be adding more resources and strategies as I can. If you have any tried-and-true reading ideas, activities, tips, etc., I’d love to hear about them and share them. Or, if you have specific questions or requests for Reading Resources, please don’t hesitate to ask. Email Bailey at email@example.com to add to the Reading Resources.