The Origins of Silent Reading

Hello everyone,

It is our pleasure to share with you, our research project on the Origins of Silent Reading. Our project, which can be found at, takes a look a the History of Reading and progresses to Developing Silent Readers. Finally we leave you with some of the Implications for Education.

Our project, while being grounded in research, utilizes a multi-literate approach in presenting the information. Our intent here was to highlight that while reading has moved from oral to silent, there are also subsequent implications for reading, viewing and interacting with information in today’s classrooms. As a result, we have chosen to present our work with the aid of a number of technologies:

* a timeline from,
* an ebook created at,
* a comic from,
* art from Microsoft Word Clip Art, and
* related videos from

We sincerely hope that you enjoy our findings,
Emma S, Kuljinder G & Ryan D.

About rahdube

My name is Ryan Dube and presently, I am a High School English and Social Studies teacher at Belmont Secondary School, in Langford, BC, which is approximately 15 min North of Victoria. My interests and reasons for joining the MET program revolve around exploring ways in which to encourage multiliteracy and foster educational relevance as we enter the 21st Century.
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2 Responses to The Origins of Silent Reading

  1. yuki says:

    I didn’t know that it took such a long time before silent reading became pervasive. Compared to that time of over hundreds years, children learn silent reading in less than ten years from their birth. I learned the important rolls of punctuation for silent reading, as well.

    Silent reading is associated with private and isolated reading environments in your project, and I wondered how the collaborative digital format of reading, such as Social Reading, impacts on our reading process.

    • rahdube says:

      Thanks for taking the time to read/view our presentation and research. It will be interesting to see just how the digital reading format, that you mentioned, alters or enhances, but at the very least changes, the reading process in the decades to come.
      Emma, Kuljinder & Ryan

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