Reading involves so much more than passing one’s eyes over rows of printed words, whether the words are on paper or in digital form. Reading with an active and engaged brain is the crux of learning through reading. This course will explore the elements of the brain used in reading, according to the latest brain research. Strategies to engage students’ brains in active processing during letter/word decoding, fluency development, vocabulary acquisition and elaboration, and comprehension of text at different levels of meaning will be shared. The similarities and differences between reading in print and electronic formats will be investigated, especially in relationship to active reading. Methods to inspire passive readers and struggling readers will be examined, with the end goal to build active reading strategies in every student.