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Reading instructional activities

Grade 4
 Grade 8

As part of the 2007 reading assessment, teachers of fourth-graders were asked about the amount of time they spent on various instructional activities that involved reading. The full text of the question and the percentage of students whose teachers responded within each category are shown below.

How often do you do the following things as part of reading instruction with this class?

  Percentage of students
Activity Never or hardly ever Once or twice a month Once or twice a week Almost every day

Ask students to read aloud

2 5 30 62

Ask students to read silently

1 2 14 84

Give students time to read books they have chosen themselves

1 3 16 80

Ask students to discuss different interpretations of what they have read

9 21 46 25

Help students understand new words

# 1 17 83

Ask students to make generalizations and draw inferences based on what they have read

# 4 42 54

Ask students to describe the style or structure of the text they have read

7 22 52 20


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# Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Reading Assessment.

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