Take a quick look at this video:
It may be contrived, it may be produced by a major publisher, but notice they didn’t try to sell anything. Also notice that the students were honest in their assessment of their reading habits before and after choice.
Do we underestimate the power of choice in student reading? Do we accept that students must read certain books regardless of whether or not they are ready for them or want to read them?
Look, I understand the Broccoli Effect, but if you asked me whether or not these students learned more about the skills they will need to become lifelong critical readers through a teacher-paced dissection of TKAM, or what they did through reading books of choice, I am going to say that the choice ruled.
This is perfect timing for me as we have been analyzing where we lose our students when it comes to reading, and how we can correct this.