ERIC Number: ED123575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Best Sellers as a Research Tool: High Interest, Low Readability Level.
Satlof, Marilyn R.
Based on Daniel Fader's philosophy that "pleasure and enthusiasm must be the first (and at times the only) goal of an English teacher," this paper discusses the use of best sellers and current literature in remedial and freshman English classes. Best sellers were used as the basis for class discussion and provided topics for themes in the remedial classes. In the freshman English classes, best sellers were included in the list of books to be used as a basis for the research paper in an attempt to determine whether high interest level, low readability level books motivated students toward fuller research and better writing. Furthermore, the instructor tested the readability level of the books using Rudolph Flesch's "Reading Ease" Formula and the Fry Test of Readability. Table 1 lists the books used in the freshman English course and provides grade level equivalents for each using the Flesch formula. Table 2 contains Fry's graph for estimating reading levels and Table 3 demonstrates an analysis of a 100 word text using the Flesch Readability scale. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (27th, Philadelphia, March 25-27, 1976); Fry's Readability Graph may reproduce poorly