Here we find ourselves yet again, the time of year I dread. Time to drag out the test prep books and packets. Time to teach kids to circle titles and photographs, underline endless lines of text, and eliminate answers. Time to suck the joy out of each and every literacy experience by turning it into a dress rehearsal for standardized testing. No wonder so many of our kids hate to read.
Do students need to know what to expect on a standardized assessment? Absolutely. Do they need to get test prepped to death? Absolutely not.
Call me naive, but I believe that we can teach students to read critically AND appreciate authentic literature simultaneously. The beauty of it all is it doesn't cost $29.99 to do...just a lot of thought and a little bit of time.