ERIC Number: ED391154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A View of Reading Practices in the Intermediate Grades: Treatment of Discourse Types. Technical Report No. 629.
Sinha, Shobha; Janisch, Carole
Two theoretical perspectives are woven together to frame an approach to classroom reading instruction. Viewing reading instruction from a literary perspective and a psychological perspective has the potential to help students understand the distinctions between different text types and the various purposes for reading--information, enjoyment, and emotional engagement. Three vignettes describe actual intermediate-grade reading lessons, specifically focusing on practices relevant to the theories. To help students achieve a high level of engagement and understanding, the classroom reading program needs to incorporate both the literary perspective and the psychological perspective. Studies to explore the use of pseudo-fiction or even novels in teaching content may be needed. More work needs to be done to examine the state of classroom practices in terms of discourse force and the adoption of stance. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for the Study of Reading, Urbana, IL.