professornana (professornana) wrote,

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Not consenting to some advice

An article link in Edutopia took me to a post about how to nurture a love of reading: While I appreciate some of the suggestions, I do tend to disagree with some of the points being made.Including audiobooks (though I do not concur with the assertion they are for struggling readers; they are GFAK: good for all kids) is a good suggestion. I would refer you to GUYS LISTEN or other audiobook resources (like my pal and colleague Rose Brock).

Another suggestion: read "educational" graphic novels. What are those exactly? At first, I thought maybe someone write a GN for my PD, but this article makes a distinction between any old GN and those that might be educational (just substitute the word rigorous here). It misidentified=s BOXERS AND SAINTS as a three volume when it is a paired set. The other GN mentioned is RESISTANCE. What about other award winners? ROLLER GIRL, AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, THAT ONE SUMMER, and more? What about the GN adaptations of tough texts like FAHRENHEIT 451 or DANTE'S INFERNO? Or adaptations of other books?

Another suggestion is to talk about the story. I worry about this activity as it basically interrupts story to ask questions. It is more of a kill and drill than reading aloud should ever become. I believe this disengages readers and makes them regard reading time as quiz time.

I applaud posts that discuss how to motivate readers, how to engage readers, how to support and encourage readers. But I want them replete with the research, the pedagogical basis. I want to broaden the suggestion about knowing what boys might like to read. We need to read widely so we know books for each and every reader. And we need not pigeonhole books and those for make and female readers (ditto skilled and struggling readers, etc.).

One final observation: I clicked on some of the other literacy links under this article and read pieces lauding Accelerated Reader and providing kids with incentives for reading in the middle of a great piece about the benefits of series books. As educators, we need to understand what works. Check out Donalyn Miller's post on research on independent reading here:
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