Sunday, April 20, 2008

Avid Readers

The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

Topic: An Avid Reader

Summary: Some unorthodox ideas about the characteristics of avid readers.

Title: “The Bad Habits of Good Readers.” Carol Jago. Council Chronicles (March 2008), 36-37.

Carol Jago: What do avid readers do? “Based upon my personal reading habits and those of many wonderful book worm students, I notice that avid readers often….”

1. “…value speed over reflection.”

2. “… skip anything they find boring.”

3. “…care more about their personal reading than assigned reading.”

4. “… declare a text they don’t care for as ‘boring’ with great authority.”

5. “…can be poor writers and careless spellers. In their desire to get back to their books, avid readers often rush through writing assignments.” [In my experience, I have found that good writers rarely remember being taught to write in school, but always remember carrying a book to read. RayS.]

6. “… get stuck reading one particular kind of book for a very long time.” [Remember the Bobbsey Twins and other series books? RayS.]

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