Introductory Challenge

If you have spent time working your way through this module, you should now feel more confident about helping students learn to read.  You may even feel ready to design a reading lesson on your own.

At this point, it’s useful to consider how the module influenced your thinking about several issues that concern teachers of reading. These issues can be posed as questions:

  1. Can you communicate enthusiasm about reading to the students with whom you work?
  2. Can you find ways to focus on meaning in every reading lesson?
  3. Can you select reading materials and activities for individual students that are challenging but not frustrating?
  4. Can you help students learn several different methods for expanding reading vocabulary?
  5. Can you help student improve reading fluency?
  6. Can you help students improve reading comprehension?
  7. Can you help students identify reading strategies that match their reading purposes?

The table below shows where information pertinent to each of these issues is discussed in the module. And the section of the module that asks you to revisit this introductory challenge provides a worksheet for you to use to map out a plan for learning more.

UNIT

Enthusiasm

Focus on Meaning

Materials Selection

Reading Vocabulary

Fluency

Comprehension

Reading Strategies

Unit 1: Experiences with and Attitudes toward Reading

X

X

         
Unit 2: What is Reading  

X

     

X

 
Unit 3: Reading as Part of the Language Development Process  

X

 

X

 

X

 
Unit 4: Reading Instruction: The Big Picture  

X

X

       
Unit 5: What Reading Lessons Look Like    

X

X

X

Unit 6: Decoding      

X

 

X

Unit 7: Sight Words      

X

 

X

Unit 8: Oral Reading        

X

X

Unit 9: Reading Comprehension  

X

X

X

X

X

X

Unit 10: Building Reading Comprehension  

X

 

X

X

X

X