With the aid of the various techniques mentioned in this book, I hope to propagate the reading of Classics to everyone . . . every student, parent, and educator. Through the use of these techniques, parents and educators will be able to introduce students to the rich world of classic literature without the negative feelings that often result when students are exposed to new, more difficult material. The book also focuses on the importance of reading good literature, methods for encouraging students to do so, and the lifelong benefits children will reap from exposure to classic literature. It is my hope that this book will encourage everyone to make reading the classics a habit rather than a chore. We must do so, for the welfare of the modern generation and those to follow.
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About the Author
Institute of Education, Santa Cruz, her special subjects being History and English
She has written nine award-winning books and won over forty literary awards.
She lives now with her maternal family in Mumbai and writes novels and short stories which include almost all genres.
She has been 'adopted' by two stray cats who answer to the names of Lopez and Ayn Rand. You may follow her on Twitter @FizaPathan and subscribe to her blog http://insaneowl.wordpress.com/feed/
Table of Contents
Contents A Short Note from the Author 9 CLASSICS Why We Should Encourage Children to Read Them 13 Why We Should Read the Classics 15 Favourite Classics 17 Improves Language Skills and Vocabulary 19 Develops Imagination 23 General Knowledge 27 Check This Out 31 Descriptive Powers 35 Love for Literature and Classics 39 Artistic and Scientific Temperament 43 My Encounter with Dracula 47 Frankenstein and Science 51 Classics and Morals 55 Fun Quiz 61 Abridged or Unabridged? That Is a Silly Question 65 Middle School and Classics 71 Classical Characters Who Have Influenced My Reality 75 Classics and Reading Sessions 77 Conclusion 83 Classics How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them 85 Preface 87 Introduction 89 Basic Direct Techniques 93 Movie First Method 93 Reading Snippets in Class 95 Quiz Sessions 96 Quiz Time 97 The Study Room Break Method 99 Indirect Techniques 105 Literature PowerPoints 105 Chart Method 107 Research Method 108 The Parent Method 109 List of Classics for Teenagers and Parents to Read 113 The Importance of Reading Classics Method 115 What A Student Can Learn From The Classics 118 Reading Classics From A Young Age Method 121 School Initiatives 125 Libraries and Book Fairs 131 Library Method 132 Library Period Method 133 Classroom Library Method 134 Book Fairs 135 Born To Read 139 Audiovisual Aids in Teaching and Imparting Value Education 145 Documentary Videos Method 145 Audiobook Method 147 Moral Science Method 150 Miscellaneous Techniques 155 Conclusion 165 My Take on the Classics A MEMOIR 167 The Baskerville Comforter 169 Sailing in the Wrong Boat 177 Blood Is The Life 183 Hard Times - Ninth and Tenth Grade 189 A Morbid Antiquarian 197 A Letter To My First Student 203 Classics That I Read When I'm Happy 207 A Letter To A Student Who Became A Friend 211 To Scrap Or Not To Scrap The Bard 215 A Letter To My Protégé 221 A Letter To A Prodigy In My Book Club 223 A Letter To A Little Lady 227 Abridged Tales Of My Youth 231 A Letter To A Young Man of Sixteen 237 Uncle Blaise and the Classics 241 Anne and Emily 247 A Letter To A Beginner 251 A Letter To A Musician 255 My World Is A Wonderland 258 Afterword 263 Appendix A 265 Appendix B 267 Appendix C 279 Works Consulted 287 Index 291
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Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (3/17) Article first published as Book Review: ‘Classics: Why and How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them’ by Fiza Pathan on Blogcritics. Drawing on many years of experience as a teacher and program developer, Fiza Pathan provides a great guideline as to how parents and educators can introduce children to reading the classics, and innovative ways to pique their interest in her book, “Classics: Why and How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them.” Many readers will remember reading classics in middle school or high school and having to do book reports on them. Pathan goes a step further and explains how classics provide worldwide knowledge in a variety of areas that one can use in daily living. She shows through studies and her own students how vocabulary and written skills improve, and how to question what is provided on the internet. She shows how vocabulary increases, self-esteem rises, and general reasoning increases the chance to explore what one thinks about life and goals in general. Using several books we have all read, Pathan explains what the moral of the story is and how it helps us develop better understanding of who we are. Throughout the book, she gives Fun Quizzes, which offers great insight into what we gained from reading certain classics. Remember, most of us read them as middle school or high school students and now as adults our perception has changed. The author presents considerable information on how teachers and library staff can learn the personality of the child and direct them to books that they will love to read and develop skills. Pathan says that parents and educators need to provide the opportunity to read these books and give children accessibility to what they offer. She basically says, “You have to go with the flow, and decide what you want your child to learn. It is not about you, it is about letting your child grow and spread their wings.” Pathan is passionate about her work, and I love that she held reading groups where books were provided, especially for children who didn’t have access to books or libraries. “Classics: Why and How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them,” by Fiza Pathan is a must-read for parents and teachers. For me, I know my grandchildren will have and read the classics. I know my husband is reading many now and we have great conversations around them. Can you imagine what you can offer a child?
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Classics (Why and How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them) by Fiza Pathan is a non-fiction educational book. Classics would appeal most to an audience of adults employed in educationally based or teaching positions, parents, aunts/uncles, grandparents, as well as anyone else who is working to get a child to read classic literature. Classics (Why and How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them) by Fiza Pathan is designed to teach people how to get children to read classic literature and to enjoy it without any negative feeling toward the material. The first thing I liked about Classics (Why and How We Can Encourage Children to Read Them) was the title Classics. I liked how it got right to the point of the book without any needless wording. I found the organization of the book very helpful to reading and understanding the book and I felt that Fiza Pathan had a writing style that made everything both easy to understand and interesting to the reader. I was interested in reading Classics because I am an after school counselor who works with elementary aged children. The program I work for has access to quite a bit of children’s classic literature, but none of my children are ever interested in it. Classics by Fiza Pathan provided me with all sorts of ideas, guidelines, and techniques for getting my kids interested in classic literature. I am so excited to give what I learned a shot as I feel much better prepared to succeed with the help of Fiza Pathan.