Authentic Reading

Oak Point Elementary, Eden Prairie Schools

What is Authentic Reading?

Authentic Independent Reading is:

  • reading a variety of text for real purposes.
  • a reflection of the reading that occurs in everyday life.
  • time students spend reading self-selected texts.
  • supported by instruction
  • a daily extended amount of time for students to learn to read by reading
  • an opportunity for students to be metacognitive, reflecting on what they’ve read and how they’ve deepened understanding

The Link Between Minutes Read and Test Scores

(Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding, 1988) and then substantiated by numerous other researchers shared insight to the impact of independent reading and test scores.