Recipe for Reading

In the next couple of posts, I will be discussing eight components for reading. These posts are part of my year long practicum report for my capstone. I don’t need to post them for class. It’s just good stuff to share. The best part of putting it in a blog is that I get to add a bit of flare. Sit back, enjoy and read to your content.

        Reading is a complex process that involves many different ingredients, much like baking. These ingredients are: print concepts, background knowledge, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and motivation. Similar to baking if the ingredients are not added together in just the right way a teacher may end up with a reader who is like a deflated souffle. However, when combined together correctly these ingredients can create a successful reader. With teaching reading a teacher needs to find the correct amounts of each ingredient in order to meed the needs of each student. There are generalizations and basics that a teacher can use; however, adjustments are needed to make the right combination to make a successful reader. This case study looks at these ingredients.

Recipe for Reading:

  • 1 part print concepts
  • 1 part background knowledge
  • 1 part phonics
  • 1 part phonemic awareness
  • 1 part fluency
  • 1 part comprehension
  • 1 part motivation
  • 1 part vocabulary

Mix together and pour into a book. Read for a couple of hours. Serve and enjoy!


Mrs. Berry


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