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Many different reading programs are used in schools across this country, but in my opinion, none of them are complete without using a writing component. Teaching reading, especially in the upper grades, can be difficult as student needs are so varied. When passages are read and the student is asked to choose the right answer, those skills of careful reading and inference are necessary for state tests. The writing component of a reading class helps the student think through what they have read by reacting to it in writing. Summarising, explaining, reacting, labeling inferences, and writing as imitation or critical thinking are all part of the writing component of reading. Writing must go with reading to help the reader solidify their knowledge and reading strategies.
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