Reading Doesn't Matter Anymore...: Shattering the Myths of Literacy / Edition 1

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In this timely, wise, and often witty book, eminent educator and author David Booth argues that teachers must redefine reading as an activity that embraces the needs and interests of students. Reading isn't just about Dick and Jane or great literature any more: it's about the Internet, comic books, technical manuals, graphic novels, iPods, and much more.

Booth outlines twelve simple steps to help teachers and parents alike revolutionize the way they view – and encourage – children's reading in all kinds of genres and formats. He argues forcefully that we must:

  • redefine what reading means;
  • include comics, magazines, manuals, along with novels in our reading programs;
  • understand that technology is part of the new literacy;
  • remember that story is the heart of literacy;
  • help students build strong reading muscles;
  • value the reading responses of young people;
  • view writing as literacy;
  • recognize the different ages and stages of individuals;
  • explore how words work;
  • turn printed texts into active learning;
  • focus on literacy in every subject;
  • welcome youngsters into the culture of literacy.

In some very personal reflections, the author reveals the decisive moments in his life that have shaped his approach to reading and learning. Lively anecdotes throughout the book create a highly readable narrative that makes a compelling case for recognizing the unique value of reading…almost anything.

The book concludes with over one-hundred literacy events that celebrate reading not just in school, but the world beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Lisa A. Hazlett
Renowned Canadian professor emeritus Booth maintains that educators and others must redefine meanings and methodologies of literacy and reading education to meet contemporary students' needs and interests in this scholarly yet exceptionally readable text. Complex definitions and theory are followed by pointed, witty, personal examples from the author, creating a text appearing far less academic than actually written. Chapters succinctly discuss viewing and teaching literacy and reading, with a crucial statement of reading being more than novels: It is the Internet, e-mail, comics, text-messaging, and more, with the epilogue's 101 Literacy Events providing classroom practices. An overall premise for encouraging and expanding reading and literacy is to have teachers and students reading relevant texts, writing real thoughts, and sharing authentic feelings while valuing the learning involved in doing so. Readers knowledgeable of best practices yet finding them compromised by heightened assessment and other demands will gobble this text, thrilled by its validation. Booth discusses common practices such as skill and drill, spelling tests, worksheets, separating reading and writing, classics only, teacher-directed interpretation and critique, book reports, and more-and then skewers them by showing their ineffectiveness regarding literacy. Thoughtful and pithy statements include, "Do you really want a ten-year-old boy to have the same literary tastes as a forty-year-old divorced teacher?" when considering ill-fitting novel choices. Booth provocatively asks, "What role does school play in determining the roles that books will hold in young people's lives? Any?" Although a must-have forliteracy educators, this text would most benefit educational critics and policy-makers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571104922
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,267,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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