16 Strategies to Help Learners Begin to Read Independently

Are you looking for strategies to help students begin to read independently? If so, keep reading.

1. Get the student to be a peer tutor to teach younger students reading or to read orally to younger students.

2. Pair the class with a lower grade-level class weekly. Let each student read to a younger child.

3. Make reading learning materials easily accessible to the student in the classroom.

4. Make visiting the library an enjoyable weekly experience.

5. Integrate listening skills/techniques as part of the daily routine (schedule) in reading class (e.g., listening center where the student reads along as a recording plays, the teacher reads to the student, students read to each other, etc.).

6. Give memberships in paperback book clubs to the student.

7. Urge interest in reading by having students share exciting things they have read.

8. Introduce a book sequence by an author that the student finds enjoyable. Make these books available for the student to read.

9. To urge reading, make sure that the student knows they are not reading for assessment purposes but for enjoyment.

10. Read excerpts of your favorite children’s books to entice the student to read the same book.

11. Urge the student to find books about various subjects being taught or discussed (e.g., when studying electricity, urge the student to read a book about Thomas Edison, etc.).

12. Support the student in discovering reading content that fits their interests and reading level. The student may not be comfortable or able to find books by themselves in the library.

13. Record reading content for the student to listen to as they read along.

14. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.

15. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.

16. Try using one of our many apps designed to teach literacy skills and help students with reading issues:

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