Real Choice

This graphic organizer or that one?

Justin Beiber or Lady Gaga?

Free write about whatever you want.

Comprehension-based classrooms often offer what Alphie Kohn calls “pseudo-choice.”  Real choices have to allow children autonomy.  They may need guidance at first, but quickly they control what they read and how they respond to text.  Then, they self-identify as readers.

Krashen’s Stages Hypothesis slowly takes students from less to more choice…without the need for superficial choices.

1.  shared stories -little choice
1.5  Guided Self-Selected Reading – some choice
2.  FVR – choice!
3. Specialized Reading : total choice; the world is your oyster

Choice only grows over time.

I used sheltered instruction (sometimes mistakenly associated with “CALP” in the CI community) for the first several years of my career.   After I started using FVR, I had to leave it behind.  Once choice in books is a part of your class culture, there’s no going back to teacher-selected reading passages.

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Claire Walter

I am an ESL teacher and I promote differentiated, compassionate instruction and assessment for English Language Learners.

2 thoughts on “Real Choice”

    1. Hi Cecile, thanks for your question. I have seen Dr. Krashen refer to the first phase of language acquisition as “shared stories” or “Read-alouds and hearing stories.” Listening to oral stories or hearing books read-aloud can be used with new readers in L1 and L2…to build confidence, vocabulary, and love of reading. http://www.sdkrashen.com/content/articles/2018_the_conduit_hypothesis.pdf Storyasking or Story Listening are both examples of oral stories that can get kids excited about reading.

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