I have been procrastinating with this assignment, most likely because I am trying to squeeze in my school work around my vacationing family here in Bend, OR. But then I read Alison’s post and got motivated. With the first link she presented, WSJ link, I read 420 words per minute, and with the Staples link, I read 186 words (narrative text) in 32 seconds. This motivated me to figure out my reading rate as Penny Kittle did with her students. I chose the book If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I saw this book on the many lists of YA literature posted by my classmates, and also enjoyed Penny Kittle’s excerpt from the book. When we landed in WA on Friday, I saw this book on my niece’s bookshelf and grabbed it!
From this exercise I read 18 pages in 10 minutes, multiplied by 6, that would be 108 pages of this book in an hour. I found the type in this book to be large and not many words per page, so I am not sure this is a true reflection of my reading rate. I do know I read much slower when I am reading a journal article. I think, like Jennie Grant in her blog mentioned, I can read 3 pages in 10 minutes. There is much more to try to take in and comprehend in that type of article. Depending on the topic of the article, it can be a long and drawn out.
However, this exercise was very interesting and certainly could be a great tool and motivator for students. Though as Penny mentions, “…but numbers alone do not tell the story. Many students see a decline in reading rate because they begin to choose more difficult books as they become more confident readers” (p. 28). I also think it depends on the book and your own reading level. I did not find the language in this particular book, If I Stay, to be difficult, in comparison to say Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker or something of that nature.
I also laughed out loud when I read Jennie’s comment on the Hick’s article, because after reading both of the Coiro articles, I got very frustrated with the number of links and trying to figure out what to read first, second, etc. It was not neatly laid out like the journal articles with a beginning, middle, and an end. I also think this was a ploy by Renee Hobbs to get us to see the difference!
Hicks, T. (2012). Reading and writing e-books and immersive texts. Digital Is. National Writing Project. http://digitalis.nwp.org/collection/reading-and-writing-ebooks.
Kittle, P. (2013). Book Love (pp. 1 – 167).