Recent Research on Reading

Does a child’s focus on pictures delay reading development?

Do you discourage your students from looking at and talking about pictures until they’ve become good readers? A new study in Reading Research Quarterly says that while it’s natural for teachers to be concerned that looking at pictures will delay reading development,  it seems to be a normal part of learning to read. In a year-long study of 2nd-graders’ classroom… Tell Me More »

Large twin study finds that reading really does increase intelligence

Did you ever have a teacher or parent tell you reading makes you smarter? While they were probably just trying to make you read more, it turns out there’s new research to back it up. Improving reading skills early can pay dividends later in intelligence and reading level, according to reasearchers. A large longitudinal twin study in England and… Tell Me More »

What happens to reading achievement when teachers substitute independent reading for class instruction

What happens to middle-schoolers’ reading achievement when 3 hours of classroom reading instruction each week is replaced with time for independent reading of the student’s choice and differentiated reading instruction? A new study of 2,150 6th-8th-grade students at 4 schools finds that oral reading fluency improved compared with controls in 2 of the schools, and that reading… Tell Me More »

Words are bigger stumbling block than sentence structure when reading academic language

What poses greater challenges to students in reading comprehension, long sentences or long and complex words? According to a large new German study on academic language published in Reading Research Quarterly, long and complex words seem to be a greater stumbling block for students from families of low socioeconomic status (SES) who have a less extensive… Tell Me More »

Four interventions that help students with learning disabilities improve their writing

Good writing requires juggling a lot of skills. Students must concurrently generate ideas, plan and organize material, be creative as well as analytical, follow the rules of grammar and spell words correctly. Students with learning disabilities (LD) often struggle with these competing demands and may develop negative attitudes about writing as a result of their… Tell Me More »

Young students more accurate in retellings of narrative text than informational text

Young students more accurate in retellings of narrative text than informational text

Elementary school children’s retellings of narrative texts were more accurate and lengthier than retellings of objective texts, finds a study of 87 proficient 4th-grade readers in the U.S.  The reading comprehension study found that narrative retellings had significantly more matching meanings at the clause level (16.91%) than expository retellings (3.85%), says a new study in… Tell Me More »

12 strategies for self-assessment in writing

Good writing can be said to be essentially about self-assessment. An author’s work is the end result of many rounds of revisions based on self-assessment of earlier drafts.    A review of the literature on self-assessment in writing recently published in the Journal of Research in Reading yields 12 strategies for the use of self-assessment with learners… Tell Me More »