Sometimes the old stuff is just the best…
“children with high ability in spoken language… usually show similar prowess in reading, and … those who read well usually write well: in developing on of these abilities we usually strengthen another. All involve thought, and are concerned wither with conveying meaning or with receiving it.” (8)
This publication goes on to advocate understanding context and returning to specific meaning/pronunciation later… “This method of identifying, through reading, words they have neither seen nor heard before, increases children’s listening and speaking vocabularies. At the same time, the more mechanical aspects of reading are subordinated to meaning which remains, as it should, uppermost.” (10)
“the story or text must be well written and suitable for the ages and stages of the readers – that is, it must be easy enough to ensure success but have sufficient difficulties to provoke thought and develop the skills that have been introduced.” (11)
Ref: Department of Education (1972) Reading; suggestions for teaching reading in primary and secondary schools. Dept of Education, Wellington, NZ.