ERIC Number: ED457327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
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Learning To Read with Private Pete & Sailor Sam in World War II.
Sticht, Thomas G.
Since thousands of the men who entered military service during World War II were illiterate, the Army developed an "Army Reader," a four-part series featuring Private Pete, that led learners through literacy levels 1-4. Part 1 introduced Private Pete and talked about the things the men experienced when they entered the Army. Part 2 taught men how to write letters home, In Part 3, men were taught about their pay allowances for dependents, and the arithmetic they needed to deal with their everyday needs in the Army. Part 4 focused on teaching the men about good citizenship. All the materials were of a functional nature and were based on experiences most of the men had in their background. A "look-say" method was used in developing the Army program. A similar program, Navy Life Readers Books 1 and 2, featuring Sailor Sam, was developed for the Navy. Many of the men who learned to read and write, and their families, were grateful for the training. Today, all across America, hundreds of thousands of teachers and volunteers are struggling with inadequate resources to help millions of adults whose lies are stunted by the same kinds of literacy and learning problems that earlier affected hundreds of thousands of men in World War II. Business, government, and individuals all need to support adult literacy activities to reach the current generation of adults who lack literacy skills. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Armed Forces, Educational Benefits, Educational History, Functional Literacy, High Interest Low Vocabulary Books, Literacy Education, Military Personnel, Military Service, Military Training, Reading Instruction, Reading Materials, Reading Skills, Reading Strategies, Sight Method, Teaching Methods, World War II, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
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