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ERIC Number: EJ887722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
Free Reading Is UTOPIA
LeCrone, Nancy
Library Media Connection, v28 n6 p40-41 May-Jun 2010
In high school students get tied up in extracurricular activities and have little time for pleasure reading. It is true that with rigorous academic schedules they have little time for pleasure reading. Thus began a conversation with a sophomore English teacher at the author's high school. As they were discussing the plight of free reading he was telling the author of students complaining that the only thing they were "allowed" to read were books on the required reading lists. They were tired of it and wanted something more. He believed there was a correlation between when teachers stop taking their students to the library as part of a standard school week and stunted reading abilities. While students in their high school could come to the library any time of the day to get something to read, the author didn't want to tie up the library with a fixed schedule. So, together they came up with a plan that would meet the needs of their student population and satisfy their concerns about free reading. His classes were at-risk students and he felt one of the best strategies would be to foster a positive relationship with the library. In this article, the author describes the reading program which they named UTOPIA. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A