Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read [NOOK Book]

Overview

In this compelling collection of first-person stories, adults who have made outstanding achievements in adult literacy were paired with writers to tell of their transition to reading. These are people who have had the courage to overcome the barrier of words to break into a broader sense of themselves, to feel more empowered in the world. Courageous, too, is the very sharing of these stories, in which private moments are opened wide with the hope that others will take the same steps. Whether confronting ...
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Breaking the Word Barrier: Stories of Adults Learning to Read

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Overview

In this compelling collection of first-person stories, adults who have made outstanding achievements in adult literacy were paired with writers to tell of their transition to reading. These are people who have had the courage to overcome the barrier of words to break into a broader sense of themselves, to feel more empowered in the world. Courageous, too, is the very sharing of these stories, in which private moments are opened wide with the hope that others will take the same steps. Whether confronting undiagnosed dyslexia, a Canadian Tire store manager to ensure Christmas for a child, written tests for the military, certification exams, or jumping from an airplane, these people are heroes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864926937
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Ebook edition
  • Pages: 130
  • File size: 839 KB

Meet the Author

Janet Hammock is a Vancouver-born concert pianist who holds both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She was a professor of music for thirty-one years, first at Whittier College in California and then at Mount Allison University, where, after retirement, she was appointed Professor Emeritus of Music. Recently, Janet returned to creative writing, something she has enjoyed since childhood. She and her partner live in Sackville, New Brunswick, with Loofa, their sixteen-year-old cat.

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Table of Contents

Reading Is Magic Lieutenant-Governor Herménégilde Chiasson 9

Preface Marilyn Lerch Peter Sawyer 13

The Word for Love Beth Powning 17

Digging Holes Marilyn Lerch 23

An Afternoon of Aramaic Carol Knepper 29

Through Allan's Eyes Evelyn Butcher 35

Letting Her Own Light Shine Laura Wells 39

James's Attitude Makes the Difference June Horsman 43

I Wanted to Better Myself Richard Toth 47

Life Is Amazing Judy Bowman 53

Seeing the Bigger Picture Noeline Bridge 59

Reading for Love Kathie Goggin 63

Fram the Hunger Angela Ranson 69

Creating a Future Wendy Kitts 77

A Parachute far Ralph Richard Doiron 83

Soaring Afiena Kamminga 89

The Hardest Thing I Ever Did Dawn Watson 93

Family Comes First Laurie Glenn Norris 97

Teena's Dream Janet Hammock 103

Afterword: Adventures in Literacy Greg Cook 111

Appendices 115

Adult Literacy Statistics

Programs in New Brunswick

Literacy Service Providers Across Canada

Contributors 125

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