In an effort to help model the habits of good readers, I spend some of my reading instructional time working with students on things they can do to help monitor their own reading habits. Once my students and I have chosen our first book to read, and we've determined our Reading Rate for that book, we move into establishing criteria for What Makes Good Reading. I like to begin this discussion by writing this question on the board:
What is Good Reading?
I have my students copy this question into their reading journals and give them a few minutes to think about it/talk about it in groups. Last year, one of my freshmen sections came up with this list:
- Understanding what you read
- Knowing what all of the words mean
- Imagining what you read
- Take your time
- Make good inferences
- Pay attention to what you read (concentrating, focusing)
As I move through my lessons on What Makes Good Reading, I keep this list nearby so we can assess whether or not they included everything I'm looking for, too.