After a brief introduction to the contentious nature of differing views on reading instruction, the article examines research on literature-based reading instruction that has proven successful at teaching children not only the skills of reading, but also the joy of reading.
The article discusses the significance of literacy education at the adolescent and secondary level and the challenges seen in educational statistics in the United States as of 2009. Details are given highlighting research asserting that segments of U.S. teens are below their grade-level in reading ability and that such deficiencies will lead to long-term professional challenges. Connections are made between advanced literacy skills and academic achievement, finally linking to socio-economic success..
Research shows that children whose families encourage at-home literacy activities have higher phonemic awareness and decoding skills higher reading achievement in the elementary grades, and advanced oral language development
Critical lessons that share a transactional view of early literacy development are synthesized. A transactional view of reading and writing means that literacy as a meaning construction process, and that within a given literacy event, both the text and the reader are changed.-- abstract.