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Long overlooked, reading volume is actually central to the development of reading proficiencies,
especially in the development of fluent reading proficiency. Generally no one in schools monitors the
actual volume of reading that children engage in. We know that the commonly used commercial core
reading programs provide only material that requires about 15 minutes of reading activity daily. The
remaining 75 minute of reading lessons is filled with many other activities such as completing
workbook pages or responding to low-level literal questions about what has been read. Studies
designed to enhance the volume of reading that children do during their reading lessons demonstrate
one way to enhance reading development. Repeated readings have been widely used in fostering
reading fluency but wide reading options seem to work faster and more broadly in developing
reading proficiencies, including oral reading fluency.
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