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ERIC Number: EJ926289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Not Reading: The 800-Pound Mockingbird in the Classroom
Broz, William J.
English Journal, v100 n5 p15-20 May 2011
"Not reading," even for many good students, has become a mode of operation with respect to book-length texts assigned in school. Many students enter secondary and postsecondary literature classes "intending" to "not read" the books teachers assign. More students than teachers want to admit do not complete assigned reading, choosing instead to employ what the author calls the strategy of "not reading." To avoid creating pretend classrooms in which students do not read, teachers may use teaching and learning strategies that make reading necessary and then reward those students who have engaged in the authentic ritual of reading with the opportunity for social construction of knowledge based on those readings. Teachers need to expect that their students will read the books they assign, and they need to teach and grade in ways that promote reading. The author offers several dos and don'ts for encouraging students to accept teachers' invitations to read. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A