As teachers, we expect students to read widely, explore what written language offers, and build capacity for reading by analyzing, evaluating, and discussing lots of text. It is vital that students graduate from high school with the reading skills they need for college and career success. But we also want more. We want students to find reading enjoyable and meaningful throughout their lives—to love reading. We hope that students find relevance in their lives, forge deep connections with others, create, and appreciate the world’s mysteries. Reading can show us how to be better human beings, not just successful worker bees. (adapted from Falling in Love with Close Reading).
Through reading, we want students to
- demonstrate independence.
- build strong content knowledge.
- comprehend as well as critique.
- value evidence.
- use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
- come to understand other perspectives and cultures.
C. Matthew Ferguson
District Coordinator of K-12 ELA and Social Studies