Literacy Statistics. “The Alliance for Excellent Education points to 8.7 million secondary students—that is one in four—who are unable to read and comprehend the material in textbooks” “Three thousand students with limited literacy skills drop out of school every day in this country”.
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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"