What is a developing reader?

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A developing reader is one who cannot yet read and understand quickly and easily what he or she is reading.


Here are some characteristics of a developing reader:

  • Does not always understand what he or she reads
  • Does not pay attention to meaning
  • Finds reading difficult
  • Has difficulty reading long words with several syllables
  • Often self-corrects and repeats
  • Reads slowly
  • Reads without expression or proper intonation
  • Reads word-by-word and does not usually make natural phrase and clause breaks
  • Sounds out new words syllable-by-syllable
See also

Matthews 1989

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