1. All children can learn to read by being read to and by reading good literature.
2. Learning to read is a natural process like learning to speak.
3. A good pre-school and kindergarten literacy experience guarantees that a child will
continue to learn to read proficiently by the end of grade 3.
4. A good reading strategy for determining an unknown word is to look at the first letter of the word,
say the sound, and think of a word that begins with that same sound that might make sense in the sentence.
5. Children should not be required to decode nonsense words.
6. Teaching phonics to children will destroy their love of literature.
7. All children who fall behind their peers in reading will eventually catch up with a bit of help.
8. Many children (and adults), regardless of intelligence, require direct, systematic instruction in one
or more of the following: phonemic awareness, the alphabetic code/phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.
9. Children who have good visual memories can memorize enough words to fake reading, sometimes until the third grade.
10. We can teach all but 2-5% of kids to learn to read.
Question 1: The correct answer is False.
Question 2: The correct answer is False.
Question 3: The correct answer is False.
Question 4: The correct answer is False.
Question 5: The correct answer is False.
Question 6: The correct answer is False.
Question 7: The correct answer is False.
Question 8: The correct answer is True.
Question 9: The correct answer is True.
Question 10: The correct answer is True.
ANSWERS to the T/F Quiz about Reading:
Statements 1 through 7 are false.
Statements 8 through 10 are true.
Why don’t most of us remember accurately how we learned to read?
We have the knowledge to teach all but 2-5% of children to learn to read.
What must change in order to reach this goal?
“In medicine, if research found new ways to save lives, health care
professionals would adopt these methods as quickly as possible, and would
change practices, procedures and systems. Educational research has found
new ways to save young minds by helping them to become proficient readers; it
is up to us to promote these new methods throughout the education system.
Young lives depend on it. And so does the survival of public education. The
urgent task before us is for university faculty and the teaching community to work
together to develop programs that can help assure that all teachers of reading
have access to this knowledge.”
From the preface to Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers of
Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do. American Federation of Teachers.