According to a recent study, adolescents who score high on international reading tests read a variety of long texts. The length of the text had a great deal to do with success, which is logical because it indicates students can concentrate for long periods of time. Successful students also read a variety of texts, both in print and on the Internet, including fiction, biography, informational texts, drama, graphic novels, magazines, newspapers, video narratives, manga, and comics.
This finding means that in our classrooms, students must have access to a variety of genres. It also means that reading only excerpts of long texts in basal anthologies is not enough for students’ literacy development.
What are your experiences with students' independent reading? How do you stock your classroom libraries? Help other teachers by responding to these questions.