Most of us have a wide spectrum of readers in our rooms. Intermediate teachers will tell you that the gap doesn't get smaller, but only increases in the later grades. By modeling three different ways to read, we meet the needs of our emergent readers by providing them with a way to successfully read a book. Validating these forms of reading helps create a climate where our students can honor and support each other. This culture is critical if our students are going to understand it is okay to be reading where they are but to contine to read so they can grow and develop, instead of waste countless hours pretending to read books that fail to create real progress.
Three ways to read comes in handy for all students, including our older students. Modeling reading the pictures provides them with a useful tool for reading non-fiction, (e.g., textbooks, charts, graphs). By modeling retelling, we are providing an approach to comprehending text used by many proficient readers. Because of these reasons, we find Three Ways to Read a Book to be a valuable lesson which benefits all students grades K-6.