Literacy Statistics. â€œThe Alliance for Excellent Education points to 8.7 million secondary studentsâ€”that is one in fourâ€”who are unable to read and comprehend the material in textbooksâ€ â€œThree thousand students with limited literacy skills drop out of school every day in this countryâ€.
How can we avoid "readicide" and instill a love for reading?
noun, the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools.
Where All Serious Readers Want To Be
"You don't have to burn books to destroy culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
(and Third-Draft) Reading
First Read- Survival Mode-struggling to understand the text on a literal level
Richer level of craft - a level of beauty
that is usually not discovered
until students revisit the text
Most students will discover the
deeper, richer level of comprehension only with the guidance of a teacher.
He didn't like to talk.
His actions spoke loudly.
The humanness never found its way into his speech.
He never went to the theater.
A reference is made to the devil.
...on downgoing men.
He did not like to reprove.
He sometimes looked at his defendants "with envy."
Mr. Utterson was cold, dreary.
He was a lawyer.
He spoke quietly.
Something "eminently human beaconed from his eyes."
He enjoyed the theater.
A reference is made to the Bible.
He was a good influence . . .
He liked to help.
He was an upright citizen.
2. Look for patterns in things you've noticed about the text- repetitions, contradictions, similarities.
3. Ask questions about the patterns you've noticed - especially "how" and "why."
Patricia Kain's, "How to Do a Close Reading"
Student: I read the chapter last night but I don't get it.
Teacher: What didn't you get?
Student: All of it.
All of it," is Code: I don't know how to monitor my comprehension"