I don’t think you can underestimate the complexity of the reading process. And I’m not just talking about sounding out words, word recognition, vocabulary, content area knowledge and fluency. The silent reading process compels readers to be totally focused. From first seeing the words in a book through to understanding it until its conclusion, they have to make sense out of it all. Reading is a multi-wired pathway with criss-crosses and interconnected tracks that need to be functioning and clear of ‘inner noise’ and the many distractions of the mind.
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