ERIC Number: ED159645
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Make Reading Sensible: Help Students Discover Its Essence.
Johns, Jerry L.
In response to research indicating that elementary school children have little or no understanding of the reading process, this paper presents the following statements designed to help students develop a good concept of reading: reading is when meaning is reconstructed from written symbols, reading is a way of satisfying our needs, reading is using experiences and knowledge to gain meaning from written symbols for some purpose, and reading is reacting. The statements are accompanied by several activities designed to help students understand and become familiar with them. In a culminating activity, it is suggested that students keep logs in which they detail the kinds of materials they have read, their purpose in reading each item, and their reactions to the material. The paper points out that these activities should enable students to see that reading is a complex process in which the reader does not just say the words but actively participates in the reading process to reconstruct meaning and to satisfy his or her needs. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at Northern Illinois University ; Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document