I just read a great article that offers tips to combat “fake reading” and to build genuine reading stamina — something our kids are sorely lacking.
In Berit Gordon’s article “Choice Reading and the Class Novel: The Cure for Fake Reading,” she advocates teaching close reading skills through teacher-selected passages of class novels. To build stamina, students are encouraged to read self-selected books based upon preference and interest. Students are then guided to practice and apply the taught close-reading skills with their independent reading.
Thus, students gain exposure to the classics. Hopefully, they will revisit the novel in whole after they’ve become more fluent readers. Regardless, they achieve reading competency through choice reading.
Read the whole article.