Reading Without Limits: Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life
January 2013, Jossey-Bass
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Increase Literacy With Reading Without Limits
Reading Without Limits
Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life
By Maddie Witter – with foreword by Dave Levin
Does it surprise you to hear that 25% of Americans read zero books last year? We all know that reading is a fundamental skill that broadens the mind, yet our nation suffers across the board from serious literacy problems. Why is this? How do we leverage hope and transform ourselves into a nation like Finland, where an average resident checks out 17 library books each year?
In READING WITHOUT LIMITS (February 2013, Jossey-Bass), author Maddie Witter shares the tools educators need to create real change in their students’ lives. Reading is a window to the world, and the READING WITHOUT LIMITS (RWL) mission is that all kids be passionate, confident, lifelong learners who go to and through college.
With RWL, educators will help their students to become lifelong readers. What does it mean to be a lifelong reader? How does a first grader’s love for reading stay alive through their school years and into adulthood? Lifelong readers go to bookstores, read in a cafe for hours, get excited when a favorite author publishes a new book. RWL is packed with examples from teachers and students who are sparking this type of reading in the classroom and beyond.
The RWL reading program was first tested in a new school in Harlem, New York. KIPP Infinity opened its doors in 2005. The author and her colleagues started this school with a strong mission, and successfully built a love of learning. In 2008, the school ranked as the #1 school in Manhattan according to the NYC school report cards. “We were starting from scratch,” says Witter about the school’s early days. “We asked ourselves this question: Where would we send our own children? Our own children and all students deserve the best possible education.
Also included within the book are: strategies that align with the Common Core State Standards, options for special needs students, and tips on how to integrate standardized testing.