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ERIC Number: ED163426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Read a Book in an Hour: Variations.
Smith, Cyrus F., Jr.
To encourage reluctant readers, teachers can use a technique called "read a book in an hour." Students are assigned individual chapters of a paperback novel to read silently. After they have finished reading, they retell the significant chapter events, state the conflicts, and identify the characters as the teacher records the information on the chalkboard. A sentence combining activity can be used following a "read a book in an hour" session. The teacher writes student contributions in short, simple sentences on the board and then asks students to combine the sentences either working alone or in small groups. Instruction in comprehension also can be enhanced by use of the "read a book in an hour" technique. Organizational patterns used by authors, such as cause and effect, comparison and contrast, time order, and simple listing, can be recognized by students as they analyze a story. Activities which might teach these elements are numerous. "Read a book in an hour," then, can be a valuable technique by itself for encouraging reluctant readers or it can be combined with other exercises to teach several language arts skills. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association Great Lakes Regional Conference (3rd, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 12-14, 1978)