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Author:  treder [ Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:42 am ]
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Start with letting them read interesting and good books. Books that they actually wanna read. I think that this should be instilled in an early age. Because when the child is already at school, then they are forced to read thing they have no interest in reading and that causes them to be disinterested and not develop a love for it.

Author:  Litwitlou [ Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:53 am ]
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Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?


nytimes.com/2018/10/26/opinion/sunday/p ... n=Trending


I had a phonics workbook in school. Anyone else?

Author:  Cattleman [ Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:30 pm ]
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This may be a bit off-topic, but here goes:

I recently moved into a senior complex (no, not assisted living), which has lots of activities. I am thinking of starting (or trying to start) a book discussion group. I know it will be tricky; what books, etc., and am wondering if anyone can give me some hints on how to 'sell' this. I know the mechanics, just not sure what to say.

Author:  Litwitlou [ Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:12 pm ]
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Cattleman wrote:
This may be a bit off-topic, but here goes:

I recently moved into a senior complex (no, not assisted living), which has lots of activities. I am thinking of starting (or trying to start) a book discussion group. I know it will be tricky; what books, etc., and am wondering if anyone can give me some hints on how to 'sell' this. I know the mechanics, just not sure what to say.



Probably best to avoid books that focus on politics or religion. But you knew that.

Author:  Harry Marks [ Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:53 am ]
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Cattleman wrote:
I am thinking of starting (or trying to start) a book discussion group. I know it will be tricky; what books, etc., and am wondering if anyone can give me some hints on how to 'sell' this. I know the mechanics, just not sure what to say.


Wonderful idea. I hope it goes well.

I would start with people. Who seems to like books? Who talks about them some? Pick a few bibliophiles who seem genial, so that they can be brought to agree on a book, and poll them to see what they think "people would like" to read and discuss. Then propose the club.

If classics like R.L. Stevenson seem to be in the cards, or spy thrillers, or murder mysteries, or Litrachoor, go with it. Chat about some options enough to settle on some good ones and get the group together (with refreshments, if possible) to get to know one another and pick one.

Our experience in Africa was that if you can get 6 to start, it will take off to where you may need to split it.

Author:  Harry Marks [ Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:03 am ]
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Litwitlou wrote:
Why Are We Still Teaching Reading the Wrong Way?


I had a phonics workbook in school. Anyone else?


I read that article with interest. I remember thinking the Whole Language learning sounded a little weird to me, when it first came out. Ignoring spelling, to start with, so kids would not be inhibited from writing. Sort of like texting does. It's all very well, especially with spell correct being as pervasive as it is today, but you still have to do the decoding, as this article points out, and it can help a lot to understand some of the patterns in silent letters, for example. (Laff owt lowd).

So yeah, why would you skip over phonics?

Author:  Litwitlou [ Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:43 pm ]
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The Book Club Thing

So as not to put immediate pressure on potential members, I would start with a book many people interested in joining a book club might well have read. Say, PBS's choice for America's Favorite Novel. Not necessarily that particular book — you know what I mean. That way if some are pressed for time they can just skim through it before the meeting and feel prepared.

You must pick the first book. If you don't the club may never get off the ground. Even if you do the hard part and get people to show up, you need them to come back So you pick the first book and make it one that allows you to keep the conversation going. If the book has a really off-the-wall author... big plus.

Pick the first book, and prepare. Study. Research. You don't want someone asking a question and the whole group looking down at their hands. Even if there is no real answer to the particular question, have a interesting or witty remark about the book or its author prepared as a deflection.
A little parlor room maskirovka is useful in both heated and stilted debates.

Last thing: if the meetings are held in members' homes, something lite, but homemade, should be served. Let that be a little surprise for everyone when they arrive. Makes for a good atmosphere in the room if someone made cupcakes or pie or strawberry smoothies or sliders. And BYOB, of course

You may have thought of all these things already. I'm starting from Jump St. but I think that's how that's how I would go about it.

Author:  LanDroid [ Wed Oct 31, 2018 2:30 am ]
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My wife belongs to a book club and those are all good suggestions. They meet in different homes each month. The host selects several books that members chose from. They try to provide some food that relates to the book - if it takes place in Bhutan, which one of theirs did, provide or make something from that country. Libraries and some book stores can arrange extra copies for registered clubs. This club has a fancy name and logo, I'll try to post it later. Oh yeah, if you meet for an hour or so, expect about 15 minutes spent on the book and the rest is socializing. 8)

Author:  nodoggy [ Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:52 am ]
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I believe that the problem is that many schools don’t advertise reading enough and often their selection is not appealing to people.

Author:  vizitelly [ Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:25 am ]
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One way might be to stop taking the position that reading, and therefore books, represents some kind of superior activity. It is established that about 90% of our information is received visually, and the brain processes that information accordingly. Ultimately, being literate is vital to prevent people being exploited by crooks and lawyers - oh, and politicians; reading, in and of itself, is an entirely solitary and subjective pursuit but the conversations and discussions that books trigger are where the true value and vitality reside.

Author:  KindaSkolarly [ Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:20 pm ]
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Electronic devices and social media have wrecked reading, at least traditional reading. Social media was designed to be addictive. For every like or smiley or thumbs up you get, your brain produces a squirt of joy juice. Neurochemicals like dopamine and endorphins. Young people are now addicted to them, and they chase endless fixes with their tweets and selfies. Books can't compete with that.

I try to steer people to mixed media now. Few will ever read through any of the classics, but they might, if they're introduced to them in a roundabout way. Tonight I finished putting together a presentation of Dylan Thomas' Under Milk Wood.

http://mikesheedy.com/other-stuff/other ... xed-media/

Since there's an audio component to that presentation, perhaps the listener will follow the text through to the end, and then seek out other works by Thomas.

Such is the hope at any rate. But I suspect reading as we knew it is dead, barring a power outage.

Author:  vizitelly [ Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:13 am ]
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I think young people read all the time, they just don't read what adults think they should read; that's not much different to any young person in any era.

Author:  mattiechase [ Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:33 pm ]
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I think it's a matter of making reading a positive experience for people. In school, we're made to read books that we might not necessarily understand or enjoy, and if that's a person's only experience with reading, then it's going to have a negative impact on the way they view it in the future. For me, my love of reading comes from being a little kid and reading stories with my mom, so my introduction to reading was a positive experience, and one that happened years before school began to enforce required readings.

I also think that making reading more accessible to people would help. For instance, there's a tendency to view audiobooks as a "lesser" form of reading, but for people with dyslexia or ADHD, audiobooks make books accessible in a way that they weren't always. My dad is dyslexic, and for him, reading is a chore. It gives him a headache to do it for long stretches of time, but he will happily sit there and listen to me reading from my favorite books for hours because he likes the stories, he just never enjoyed the physical act of reading. Beyond that, books can be expensive, and for a lot of families, they're a frivolous expense that can't be justified when there are so many bills to pay. That's why it's important to raise awareness for community libraries where people can have free access to books, and to support those libraries when we can.

Finally, I think it's a good idea to make reading more social. Book clubs are a great way to involve people in the social aspects of what can traditionally be a fairly solitary sport. Having chances to talk about the books that have an impact on your life is a really heady experience. Personally, I'm one of those people who can talk for hours about my favorite books, and I love listening to others tell me about the books that they love as well. Creating a welcoming and safe space for people to talk books is possibly the biggest thing that we can do to show others that reading can be a fun a social hobby where anyone can belong.

Author:  vizitelly [ Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:27 am ]
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A lot of people do argue against having set texts in schools and it can be irritating for teenagers, but education is concerned with defining and providing the best examples to pupils and students. The debate is the same as in any other area of life - what is the best quality available and do I want it? Is it better that children be taught to understand difficult texts or to be given simple and unquestioning works to read? It's key, because the answer to that defines what kind of a society is developed.

Author:  Litwitlou [ Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:34 am ]
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Sal_McCoy wrote:

How: Instead of forcing children to read terrible books in school (30 min reading etc) they should actually be taught how to read well written books and given the tools required to read beyond the plot. Reading books for the plot is boring and provides nothing more than tv series or movies.



Take your kids to the library or bookstore once a week for 20 minutes. Then turn them loose. I've said it before, they'll read what they want to read. If you try to make or teach them to read what you want them to read you appeal to the same kids that would read anyway.

To increase the number of kids who read, buy them whatever books or magazines they pick themselves. Don't tell them what they want to read is above or below their reading level. It's fine if they go on a Stephen King binge. Don't give them your opinions on the literary value of their books. If you leave them alone they will come to you with questions. At that point you can point out character development, style tropes and so on. Do not push them toward your childhood favorites or any other books, really. It's tough, but if you want them to start enjoying reading you must let them choose their own material. Your job is to lead them to the library and get out of their way.

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