Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.
Learning to read doesn't stop after third grade. Students will continue to encounter difficult texts and having a growth mindset about struggle, paired with lots of strategies, will help them tackle even them most difficult readings.
Students are never too young to explain their thinking. When teachers encourage them to back up their claims with evidence from a young age, they will be more accustomed to doing so when problems get more challenging.