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From: Sue_Dessert@scps.k12.fl.us
Date: Tue Mar 28 2000 - 17:13:55 EST

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    All the research and common sense points to reading aloud to children, n=
    o
    matter what age, to get them "hooked" on literature. Sstudents also lea=
    rn what
    "fluency in reading" is all about from a teacher role model, and it also=

    improves their listening skills (a skill that I certainly need to work o=
    n
    myself!!!) BUT- instead of killing your vocal cords either 1-tape yours=
    elf
    reading first or second period, or 2-buy audiotapes of professionals rea=
    ding
    (especially authors reading their own stuff and James Earl Jones reading=

    ANYTHING in Shakespeare).
    We also need to provide time in class for sustained silent reading, and =
    as
    teachers, we need to model this as well (not grade papers while students=
     are
    reading.) How to do it? Abandon a bunch of "stuff" by doing two novels=
     really
    well, rather than nine novels half baked. Have students write literatur=
    e
    journals and exchange and comment, rather than teacher reading all and g=
    rading.
    Get them on the email discussions, just like we are having!!! :-) don't=
     do
    class sets of novels- have each student read seaparate titles and then "=
    sell"
    book to class in a 30 second advertisement to generate interest and swap=
    =2E

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