In today’s globalized and connected world, reading is much more than recognizing and understanding words on a page or a screen. Reading is a complex activity that is fundamental to full participation in a democratic society and essential for lifelong opportunity and success. Like air, we need reading. We use it all the time.
Readers in today’s elementary classrooms need policies and practices that address the complexities of reading and that acknowledge the multicultural and global contexts in which literacy instruction takes place. We as educators, researchers, and policymakers can use these seven evidence-based principles to help K-5 learners be passionate, critical, and successful readers:
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