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Reading fiction boosts empathy, reduces discomfort with uncertainty

Reading fiction boosts empathy, reduces discomfort with uncertainty | Reading | Scoop.it

Reading literary fiction — even something as short as 10 pages — can increase empathy, improve decision-making and make people more comfortable with uncertainty, suggest two new Canadian studies. In other words, the very pursuit we use to distract us from real life might actually make us better at living it.

 

Lead author Maja Djikic said the findings have particular repercussions for our schools, where she notes a “dangerous trend” away from the arts and soft skills. This observation dovetails with a January report from Scholastic showing that reading for pleasure on a regular basis (five to seven days a week) is indeed a waning activity among youths, having fallen to 34 per cent in 2012 from 37 per cent two years earlier.


BY MISTY HARRIS, 

 

Reading Other Minds: Effects of Literature on Empathy; Djikic, M., Oatley, K., & Moldoveanu, M. C.; The Scientific Study of Literature; Issue: 3(1); 2013; Pages: 28-47

http://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/file/(2013b)%20Djikic,%20Oatley,%20&%20Moldoveanu.pdf


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John Scott Lucas's comment, June 20, 2013 5:29 AM
One more reason that high stakes testing is not the answer to our education dilemnas.
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TeacherVision's Favorite Summer Reading Resources for Teachers (Grades K-12) - TeacherVision.com

TeacherVision's Favorite Summer Reading Resources for Teachers (Grades K-12) - TeacherVision.com | Reading | Scoop.it
Now that summer is here, your students may need more encouragement to keep up with independent reading. That's where our summer reading resources come in!

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Sarah Westaway's curator insight, June 24, 2013 3:47 PM

Great resource for lesson plans of varying subjects, including health and phys ed. Summer reading lists, fitness planning, prices of cigarettes and a variety of tools. 

Mara Ofengender's curator insight, June 27, 2013 12:17 PM

Use the summer to contimue reading and keep your skills sharp. 

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Newsela - Build Reading Comprehension with News

Newsela - Build Reading Comprehension with News | Reading | Scoop.it

Read closely. Think critically. Be worldly.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:06 PM

Newsela is a free website that provides news for students. It is geared to students in grades 4 - 12 and will help students build close reading and critical thinking skills in non-fiction reading comprehension. 
Articles are written at multiple levels of compexity. It appears that the levels begin around 690 and go up to just over 1200.

Each article has a quiz (aligned to Common Core) allowing you to quickly see if your students are on track.

And last there are great teacher tools. You may assign articles, review student quizzes and track Common Core mastery.

Jackie Keith's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:31 AM

Students can use it without registering by clicking "No Thanks" and can select different Lexile versions of the same article. 

John Scott Lucas's comment, June 20, 2013 5:26 AM
Looking forward to fall to experiment with this!