Reading: A Tool for Learning

“Give me a fish, and I eat for a day. Teach me to fish, and I eat for a lifetime.” This a popular expression that can be applied to education.

Reading is a tool for learning. To study any topic or subject, students will need to also study language.

For example, “Biology is not plants and animals. It is language about plants and animals.”

Students need to read newspapers, magazine articles, textbooks, brochures, library books, and other printed material so that they can think about and learn their subjects.

Teachers, parents, and students themselves are responsible for helping individuals in the classroom become independent lifelong learners. The way to do this is to develop strong readers and writers.

–Source: Developing Readers and Writers in the Content Areas K-12.

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