Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Reading Comprehension and Direct Quotations

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: Direct Quotations and Reading Comprehension (Elementary)

Title: “The Shape of Direct Quotation.” Rose-Marie Weber. The Reading Teacher (April 2008), 558-564. A publication of the International Reading Association.

Summary: The author suggests that direct quotations in reading a story might cause young readers to pass over important words in suggesting character traits, details of plot and confusing ideas. Suggests that teachers need to pay special attention to helping students interpret the ideas expressed in direct quotations.

Comment: I never thought of that. RayS.

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