To round out my series on What Is Good Reading, I'd like to conclude with an area that ensures my students are actually Thinking throughout the reading process. Let's face it, many young readers will often read a text, determine what the text is about, and then leave the text without putting a great deal of thought into what they've read and others won't even put that much effort into reading.
But the readers I want are the ones who will actually think beyond what the words mean and what the text is about. I tell my students, "The more thought we put into what we've read, the more we get out of it." And then, I show them how to do just that.