Thursday, March 12, 2009

K-12 Topic: Definition of Mature Reading

10-second survey: Can you write the definition of mature reading without looking at the definition in the summary?

Title: “The Assessment of Thoughtful Literacy in NAEP: Why the States Aren’t Measuring Up.” AJ Applegate, et al. Reading Teacher (February 2009), 372-381. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary/Quote: “When it comes to a definition of the nature of mature reading (the ultimate goal of all reading instruction), there is a remarkable level of agreement. This agreement exists among proponents of opposing philosophical camps, among reading theorists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; and among assessment specialists charged with measuring reading achievement at state, national and instructional levels.” p. 372.

Summary/Quote: “Mature reading involves thoughtful literacy—an ability to link the text with one’s existing knowledge to arrive at a considered and logical response.” p. 372.

Comment: Let’s see if I can break this definition down so that I understand it: 1. Mature readers think about what they have read. 2. Mature readers relate their knowledge to the text. 3. Mature leaders arrive at a response they have thought about and can support by references to the text.

Well, that’s my attempt. I became stuck on “considered and logical response.” I’m guessing at what that phrase means.

I think the essence of this definition is that mature readers think about what they have read. RayS.

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