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The Case for Slow Reading

Educational Leadership Volume 67, Number 6, ISSN 0013-1784


To truly comprehend and appreciate texts, we need to read more slowly. Schools should provide a counterbalance to our increasingly hectic digital environment, where so many of us read and write in abbreviated messages and through clicks of the mouse. To help students reclaim the acoustical properties of written language and appreciate the passages that inspire them, teachers can use a variety of strategies that promote slower, in-depth reading. Strategies include memorizing, reading aloud, attending to the beginnings of books and stories, rethinking time limits on reading tests, annotating pages, reading poetry, and savoring meaningful passages.


Newkirk, T. (2010). The Case for Slow Reading. Educational Leadership, 67(6), 6-11. Retrieved February 27, 2021 from .

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