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What’s Wrong With Reading? - Anthony Turner

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Anthony is teased when his classmates catch him reading a book for fun, but he refuses to change his ways. In fact, he argues that his peers should read more, not less.

 

 

 

 

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Our colleagues doing good work in the field of basic literacy are making slow but steady progress. But, a much less attended to issue is that of students who can read but who don't read.

 

Learning the skills associated with decoding is certainly a first step. However, evidence is mounting that while literacy rates are climbing, literary reading rates are declining. 

 

This video and article address ONE of the critical elephants in the room. Are we adequately addressing the forces at play in obstructing interest in using those literacy skills.

 

The video shares one of those forces, peer pressure. The video even suggests that this peer pressure exists at a cultural level. That is dangerous territory. The kids in this video, in any case, are making heroic efforts at resisting such pressure.

 

But there is ANOTHER ELEPHANT in the room as well. One that our profession might have more influence over. 

 

In what ways are we making reading an attractive experience, particularly for our kids who have not yet found reading to be attractive?

 

Are our "required" reading lists representative of all our students' potential engagement points. Or, are they "one size fits all"? Or, "one size plus lip-service fits all"? 

 

The kids in the video recognize themselves in the books they are heroically defending and enjoying in spite of the peer pressure. They see not only themselves, but more about themselves, their history, and their culture than they had previously recognized as relevant and therefore interesting. 

 

The young man who "discovers" Langston Hughes built a bridge from his less expansive zone of proximal learning to a larger more inclusive zone of proximal learning because he saw and discovered a relevance to the world he knew. 

 

As a profession we may or may not have sufficient influence to address the peer pressure issue SUCCESSFULLY. It is a form of bullying which happens to be getting an increased recognition in today's educational conversations. And, those addressing the issue of bullying are taking on a mighty task.

 

But there are a few things we can do. We can build in opportunities for reluctant students to find more directly relevant titles to read. We need not necessarily replace the "more remotely relevant titles" but for many reluctant readers, the bridge to titles from the traditional literary canon may be a fairly long bridge to cross. When young readers' zones of proximal development are separated by centuries, extremely sophisticated AND outmoded sentence structures, distant and often outmoded vocabulary, and cultural distances there are significant challenges for which even greater heroic efforts on the part of the student may be required.

 

Yet, we all know that much of that canon is on the list because it represents works of great and universal relevance. We also know that any kid is capable of being "hooked" by engaging learning activities. And, that is a key to our opportunity we must design learning activities that ARE engaging.

 

Teaching great literature as though its primary value is passing a test, or getting into college or as though our primary purpose is to create the next generation of English majors may be an elephant in the faculty room that we might want to take a look at. 

 

I've been wondering about the hierarchy of importance and value of teaching literary reading. I might list them as follows:

 

MOST IMPORTANT: Basic Literacy. Without Basic Literacy literary reading can not be done and therefore can have "almost" no value. Exceptions might include audio alternatives. That is, pre-readers are read too and thus begin to appreciate good story telling as a means towards considering valuable life skills and universal themes.

 

I would suggest that this is essential for 100% of students world-wide.

 

NEXT MOST IMPORTANT: Developing a continuing engagement with literary reading. The engagement must as soon as possible be reader-centric rather than "teacher imposed." Though Imposed reading runs the risk of being disengaging if not done well, it also can lead to engagement that young readers might not have reached without the well-crafted learning activities of an excellent teacher (or parent or other engaged reader who has taken a caring interest in the young reader)

 

Though not an essential value for 100% of our students in the long run, it is extremely beneficial for 100% of them should they become ongoing engaged literary readers.

 

This is a conclusion I don't particularly like to concede, but one need simply look around and see that the values of literary reading can be found elsewhere. Learning the great QUESTIONS of living one's life successfully are available via most faith-based experiences, as well as via great non-literary writings found in psychology, philosophy, history and even business as well as other sources. And in non-writing based sources such as scout masters, Aunts, uncles, and others who take the time to be cherished advisors. Even film, though most film adaptations of great literature fall painfully short. While a portion of that pain is more acute for the English majors than for non English majors, they typically are not, with good reason, considered adequate alternatives to the written original. But, keep in mind, Shakespeare never wanted his plays read; he never even bothered to have them published. Yet we can assume that his audiences might well have been lead to contemplate the very same universal truths we hope today's readers might be lead to contemplate when reading Shakespeare. And, there are many films not based upon a literary piece, that are available only in a visual media, that reach the same universal themes as the best of written literature and often in quite engaging ways.

 

THE THIRD MOST IMPORTANT is perhaps the LEAST IMPORTANT and perhaps the bitterest pill to swallow: Scholarly Reading.  Let's face it. We're all scholars at heart. We wouldn't have earned the required degrees to teach without having been so. And, there's not one of us who hasn't or won't collect a long list of former students for whom we burst with pride upon discovering that we played some role in their choosing to major in English and perhaps even to choose the noblest profession of all as a result to some degree of our influence. But, let's face it scholarly reading is not going to be a part of most of our students' futures. And, overemphasizing the merits of scholarly reading may in fact be counter-productive when students are transitioning from non-readers to engaged readers. Excessive attention to academic minutae directed at reluctant readers and casual readers may be reasons for premature disengagement. 

 

It's a very delicate line between helping students tune in to the magic of a well-turned extended metaphor or helping them learn to catch elements of finely intertwined themes in order further their appreciation and engagement with literary reading and overloading them prematurely with excessive and often distracting attenion to all that "scholarly stuff" we were receptive to in graduate school primarily because we had already long committed ourselves to a life-long engagement with literary reading.

 

 

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5 Ways to Ensure Blogging Failure and How to Avoid Them

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The vast majority of blogs are failures. Many of these mistakes are taught by blogging “gurus” Here are 5 ways to blogging failure you need to avoid

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English 8 parts of speech with examples

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Learn the 8 parts of speech with examples. Nouns, adjectives, pronouns, interjections, conjunctions, prepositions, adverbs, verbs

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Tsisana Palmer 's curator insight, July 8, 8:18 AM

A great chart! Could make a great classroom poster or simply share via social media and remind students to review it. 

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Leitura online é diferente

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Informações e palpites sobre escrita, publicação e o que faz a literatura em nossa vida.

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why doctors are prescribing books

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 1, 9:15 AM

Reading is an important part of teaching and learning. Children enjoy being read to and it helps in their reading. It creates imaginative spaces that children learn within.

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How are eReaders affecting our children?

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A roundup of some recent research on ereaders and how they affect our children and their education.

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“Sherlock Holmes” Is Now Officially Off Copyright and Open for Business

“Sherlock Holmes” Is Now Officially Off Copyright and Open for Business | Litteris | Scoop.it
What amazing Holmes fan fiction will you create?

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Start writing fiction — The Open University — FutureLearn

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This hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

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Write Nonfiction: Information Sells

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Write nonfiction. It sells. Writers turn knowledge into income, and it's easily done. Although the Web is packed with free information, you can sell it.

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This Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Is Humanity’s Greatest Achievement

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Sometimes a device comes so close to being perfect that you'd be forgiven for not realizing that with just a single tweak, it can become, in actual fact, perfect.


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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, June 21, 3:09 PM

....... completely waterproof – submersible to above 200 feet in either fresh or salt water, for any length of time.

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8 Unique Free Resources Students Can Use to Improve Their Writing Skills

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Not the Writing Usual Tools and Resources ... Any tool that is going to help you improve your writing skills is a good idea. After all, you cannot make a wheel

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(EN) - Jane Austen Glossary | My Particular Friend

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"A glossary of terms that might be encountered in the works of Jane Austen or other novels set in the Regency."


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Lucy Brooks's curator insight, June 20, 12:44 AM

Shame about the background to this interesting glossary of Austen's 19th century world. It makes it hard to read. But persevere

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Pacing in Writing

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When I was a child, a piano teacher let me play to my heart’s content without worrying about such details as tempo and timing. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the best approach, which may be why those lessons were short-lived. It wasn’t until adulthood, when I studied vocal music, that I learned to pace myself.

 

Pacing, whether in music or writing, is one of the methods by which we organize the creative flow. Order prevents these creative expressions from falling flat and helps improve their impact.


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7 Tools to Hook Your Reader

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I’m at the stage in my writing where I’m pitching agents, so I’m still obsessing over my first chapters and this idea of how to “hook” your reader.


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20 problemas que sólo entenderás si eres un lector empedernido

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Hoy os presentamos veinte situaciones problemáticas o comprometidas que reconoceréis si, como nosotros, sois amantes, frikis o simplemente...

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RFID - BiblogTecarios

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Las bibliotecas se dirigen hacia un nuevo modelo y concepto. Podemos verlo con el uso de recursos electrónicos, convirtiendo la biblioteca en híbrida, o con la personalización de sus espacios y servicios hasta el último detalle. Implementar el autopréstamo con la tecnología RFID también forma parte de esta innovación. Kiosko autopréstamo de la Biblioteca Can …

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A Great Visual Timeline Chronicling The Major Literary Events, Movements, and Authors

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Book revenues are up — but without ebooks, they'd be plummeting

Book revenues are up — but without ebooks, they'd be plummeting | Litteris | Scoop.it
The state of the book is in constant danger. The novel is constantly dying, and there is a fear that the publishing industry in general is maybe doomed.

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100 best opening lines from children's books

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Once upon a time...is not the only way to begin a children's book.
L.M. Montgomery opted for a daring 148-word sentence to open her classic Anne of Green Gables, while J. M. Barrie introduced generations of youngsters to Peter Pan with a short, sharp six words. Revisit the most memorable and gripping opening sentences of 100 essential books for youngsters - from pre-school to high-school - in the gallery below.
Let us know your favourite children's book first lines from the gallery, or any we missed, in the comments section below, or on Twitter.
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This Is Your Brain on Writing

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For the first time, researchers have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of writers as they created fiction. The results have drawn strong reactions from other scientists.


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What a good writer needs most

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A writer's checklist


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The Four Characteristics of Author Attitude and Why You Need Them

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Today’s guest, Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into inspired, successful authors, authorpreneurs and blogpreneurs.

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Instead of begging, homeless man reviews books on the street and sells them (but not to kids)

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Philani is a homeless man in his mid-twenties in Johannesburg, South Africa. Many people in his situation simply stand at corners begging. And that can sometimes meet basic needs...but it certainly doesn't set a person apart or motivate people walking or...
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Why (And How) Libraries Are Getting Reinvented

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I love books; the weight in my hand, the captivating book cover that makes me wonder with curiosity about what is held within, and the simple mechanics of turning a page. But I am also a digital junkie.

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For book lovers like me who miss bookstores, browsing and coming up a book that says, "Read me."

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How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips

How to encourage students to read for pleasure: teachers share their top tips | Litteris | Scoop.it
While students might trudge through set texts in lessons, how can teachers inspire them to open a book when they get home?The big challenge for teachers is not simply getting students to read it's getting them to enjoy it too.
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The Power of Story Compels You

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A story with high stakes and deadly dangers can still bore you to tears. Equally, a character folding laundry while contemplating life’s absurdities can be deeply moving and affecting. 

 

While there’s probably more to work with if your story is about an exploding volcano than creased shirts and an ironing board, the fact that neither subject-matter guarantees how the story will be received demonstrates that whatever it is that draws readers into a tale, it isn’t just a matter of sticking a character in a perilous situation and seeing how they cope. 

 

So what is it that grabs a reader and keeps them engaged through many hundreds of pages?


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