Literacies Circle: Reading Terminology

Reading is much more than the big five—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  Whether we call ourselves good or bad readers—our identities as readers—all of us utilize many different processes to access different material for different purposes. Considering the following terminology—and attempting to define and distinguish the words—can make for a lively intergenerational restorative literacies circle:

Close reading

Critical reading

Slow reading

Deep reading

Skimming

Scanning

Linear reading

Rereading

Audio reading

Researching

Visualizing

Imagining

Scrolling

Surfing

Hyperlinking

Our children will hear and many will even listen. And begin to pay attention to their own reading processes as they explore and grow.     

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