R.E.A.L.E. Reading: A Novel Approach to Reading in the Content Area and Novels
R.E.A.L.E. Reading can provide an instructional scaffold (Vacca & Vacca, 1999) that is a natural transition into the unknown world of content area reading or chapter books/novels. It is also a means of exposing children to more literature in a shorter amount of time with enhanced results. It incorporates the use of literature extensions and writing. It will begin to instill a love for learning and reading, while taking into account learners with many different learning styles. The steps for REALE can be done in one class period or may be spread to a weeks worth of instruction. Reading material can be fiction or non-fiction novels, as well as, chapters from text books. Prior to the activity the teacher should put the children in heterogeneous groups (these groups should change with each new book or content chapter). Grading rubrics, based on standards based instruction will be offered and discussed.
Keywords: Content Area Reading, Non-Fiction Novels, Graphic Organizers
Dr. Lori Brocato
Professor, Teaching and Learning Department, Southeastern Louisiana University