This graphic organizer or that one?
Justin Beiber or Lady Gaga?
Free write about whatever you want.
Comprehension-based classrooms often offer what Alphie Kohn calls “pseudo-choice.” Real choices have to allow children autonomy. They may need guidance at first, but quickly they control what they read and how they respond to text. Then, they self-identify as readers.
Krashen’s Stages Hypothesis slowly takes students from less to more choice…without the need for superficial choices.
1. shared stories -little choice
1.5 Guided Self-Selected Reading – some choice
2. FVR – choice!
3. Specialized Reading : total choice; the world is your oyster
Choice only grows over time.
I used sheltered instruction (sometimes mistakenly associated with “CALP” in the CI community) for the first several years of my career. After I started using FVR, I had to leave it behind. Once choice in books is a part of your class culture, there’s no going back to teacher-selected reading passages.