Things Have Changed in Third Grade Reading
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Ideas by Jivey at the Teachers Pay Teachers site has the following suggested activity to accompany the reading of this book.
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American Educational Research Journal that examined how the reading curriculum has changed over the past hundred years. To avoid just citing anecdotes from my life and my son's current reading curriculum, it helps to look at data to see if things have really changed in reading curricula in the elementary years. Since I was in the elementary years during the 70's, I am particularly interested in comparing my elementary years with those of recent years.
The complexity of a reading curriculum lies on the text students read as well as the comprehension questions asked. One measure of the level of text is the number of sophisticated words, specifically, the ratio of words not among the 2000 words frequently used to the total number of words in the text. Here is how the most recent curriculum included in the study (1995-2004) compares with my generation on this metric.
This trend away from literal comprehension questions provides evidence that the tasks students are asked to complete have become more cognitively demanding by requiring the students to process more information from the text to answer the questions or complete the tasks asked of them. Questions that ask students to interpret information may also increase the cognitive demand for readers to use their prior knowledge and integrate it with text information. Again, it also gives evidence to a change from conceptualizing comprehension as extracting information from text to more cognitively demanding acts of interpreting and summarizing textual information.Whether this trend is good or bad remains to be addressed. What is clear is that the cognitive demands are now higher. Whether it helps children develop proficiency in reading comprehension is yet to be seen. The scores of nine-year old children on the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) may provide some clues:
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The Nation's Report Card 2012