Should reading instruction in middle level schools be aimed at helping youngsters to acquire more specific, isolated skills of how to read? Or should the focus of reading in middle level schools be on assisting learners to become readers? An answer to both of these critical questions might be — yes. Middle level learners (10 to 14 years old) should grow both in their skillfulness as readers and in the process of becoming readers. Research data and current instructional practices can be found to support both of these positions.
Davidson, T., & McNinch, G. H. (1992). What Is Important In Reading In Middle Level Classrooms: A Survey of Classroom Teachers' Perceptions. Reading Horizons, 33 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol33/iss1/3