Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) 

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” --Joseph Addison

 

Is there really a reading crisis?

Why can’t we just assign recreational reading for homework?

What can we do to counteract reading poverty?

The nitty gritty…

The correlation between time spent reading and performance on standardized reading tests (Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding 1998; Qtd. in Gallagher 2009).

Percentage Rank

Minutes of Reading per Day

Estimated Number of Words Read per Year

98

90

70

50

20

10

90.7

40.4

21.7

12.9

3.1

1.6

4,733,000

2,357,000

1,168,000

601,000

134,000

51,000

(Re)Sources:

Gallagher, Kelly, and Richard L. Allington. Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and

What You Can Do about It. Portland, Me.: Stenhouse, 2009. Print.

Krashen, Stephen D. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research. Westport, CT:

Libraries Unlimited, 2004. Print.

Miller, Donalyn, and Jeff Anderson. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in

Every Child. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009. Print.

National Endowment for the Arts.  2007.  To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National

Consequence.  Research Division Report 47.  Washington, D.C.: National Endowment

for the Arts.  Available online at http://www.nea.gov/research/ToRead.pdf.