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Promoting the Importance of Reading

Instructor: Shannon Orr
This lesson discusses how teachers can help students understand the importance of reading. This lesson also discusses the difference between printed, digital, and e-books.

The Importance of Reading

Having the ability to read is powerful! Children who are able to read have access to areas of the world they may have never experienced before. Sometimes a concept that may be difficult to grasp can be clearly understood after reading about an example in a book. As different events happen in our lives, we are able to read and compare how others have coped and made peace with what we are dealing with. Teachers have the ability to help every student tap into this unique gift. The earlier a child is able to embrace reading, the more likely they are to continue to expand their levels of learning.

Why Should Children Read?

Children should be encouraged to learn to read because having the ability to read allows them to understand and learn information without depending on others. If students are given a task and direction cards are placed at each table, students can individually complete the task at their own pace and allow their understanding to be opened without the need of a teacher or another student to assist them.

Reading helps children become academically independent. Students may read a simple story about a boy who decided to be great. He would always strive to do his best and even when he didn't get something right the first time; he'd keep working until he succeeded. After reading that story, a seed of determination may be planted in students. Every time they enter the classroom, they can reflect on that story and always put forth their best effort. The teacher could take the time to read the story and have students discuss what they think, but some students may not have an opportunity to reflect and get an understanding for themselves. They may just copy off of what others are saying and not truly have a revelation moment for themselves.

What Should Children Read?

Children have endless options of what types of books they can read. They also have numerous sources that allow them the opportunity to read. Prior to the birth of the internet, students were basically restricted to reading hardback, softback, or comic books. They were usually limited to what was available in their local library, at school, or what was available for sale in their local book retail stores. Now, students have the options of reading digital books as well as online books.

Digital books are scanned copies of an original book or document that has already been printed and released. Students may not have the opportunity to travel and read the actual Declaration of Independence, however, they can search for a digital copy of the document and read it, print it out and retain a copy to keep for themselves. Having the ability to access printed material that was once limited to those who could either afford to travel to see it or obtain a copy, equals the playing field and allows all students access to the same materials.

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