Before students can become good thinkers, writers, scientist and researchers they must first become good readers. Fortunately, young people are by nature, curious. Students have information needs and if they can read they will. Effective reading instruction is therefore of the utmost importance.
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This principle is applicable to both elementary and high school students. Whether teaching phonics or reading analysis, reading instruction must be both rigorous and relevant. Combining rigorous and relevant instruction with a rich literary environment ensures that students will develop the skills they need to become critical thinkers, well informed citizens and life long readers.