Monday, October 1, 2007

Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL). September 2007.

Some ideas on teaching reading and English from the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, a publication of the International Reading Association.

What are the effects of inadequate reading skills on youngsters?
Think of themselves as non-readers or poor readers. Avoid reading. Attempt to become invisible Act out in order to create distractions. S Hughes-Hassell and P Rodgo. JAAL (Sep. 07), 22.

How approach the study of the Holocaust through The Diary of Anne Frank?
Separate myths from reality in reading and learning about Anne Frank. K Spector and S Jones. JAAL (Sep. 07), 38-48.

Why don't students read poetry?
One reason is myths about poetry and poets: using drugs; eccentric behavior; mental illness; bohemian sexuality; loves of poverty and misery. L Young. JAAL (Sept. 07), 50.

Other topics: 1. Dealing with problem students by recording every fact about them and then submitting to qualified professionals when concerned about their behavior. 2. Students who are studying fiction write fiction. 3. Response to an article about encouraging critical reading by embedding false information in reading materials.

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