[Library Media] Reading choices vs. assigned

Earley, Belann Belann.Earley at canyonsdistrict.org
Mon Apr 18 12:42:33 MDT 2016

Have them read this article by Neil Gaiman. It is not necessarily research based, but he makes some strong points for free reading.  It is a talk given in 2013 to the Reading Agency.


I particularly like these lines:

“The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. And that means, at its simplest, finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read them.”
Belann Earley
Teacher Librarian
Union Middle School
Sandy, UT

Good Readers are Good Readers because they read. (Stephen Krashen)
Google can bring back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.
          ~Neil Gaiman~

Currently reading:
Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
Leaving China by James McMullan

From: library-media [mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Heather Anderson
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2016 12:01 PM
To: library-media at lists.uen.org
Subject: [Library Media] Reading choices vs. assigned

Hi All!
            I have a few questions for you.  In our school students are required to read a book for each quarter of English that they take.  Most students have to take English at least 9 - 11 grades.  In the past they were required to get at least 15 AR points, however that was changed and now students have to read a specific lexile leveled book.  I have had a lot of students complain about this because they would like to read a book, but it isn’t enough lexile points and that would drop their grade.  I am going to be meeting with the English teachers in the next few weeks to discuss changing this policy.  I feel it is so important for our students to be able to choose what they want to read, which will then help them to develop their ability to read as well as a love for reading.  Do any of you know of any specific articles that could help back me up?  Or if any of you have any tips or advice on how to fight this battle I would greatly appreciate it!
            Thanks so much for your help and have a great day!!

Heather Anderson
Media Specialist
Juab High School

Currently Reading:  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

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