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ERIC Number: EJ966774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
"I Can't Believe We Read This Whole Book!" How Reading for Their Own Purposes Affected Struggling Teens
Smith, Carol A.; Scuilli, Suzanne
English Journal, v101 n2 p30-36 Nov 2011
This article discusses how reading for their own purposes affected struggling teens. It shares the authors' story, which demonstrates the importance and power of focusing on students' purposes, as highlighted in Standard 12, a standard not often addressed or assessed, but one that matters to students and teachers alike. The authors describe how a student's attempt to derail a lesson became an opportunity to design a student-directed curriculum based on highlighting students' purposes for reading and writing. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A