Friday, May 2, 2008


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: Reading Pioneers

Title: Review of Shaping the Reading Field: The Impact of Early Pioneers, Scientific Research and Progressive Ideas. Susan E. Israel and Jennifer Monaghan, Editors. Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association, 2007. 456 pp. Reviewed by Annamary Consalves. English Education (April 2008), pp. 256-264. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Summary: Biographies of 16 influential reading ‘pioneers.’ Tells of the origins of many practices in the field of teaching reading. The reviewer concludes with the following sentence: “In order to write our profession’s future, it is essential that we carefully read our inherited past.” p. 264.

Comment: No question that we need to know more about our past in teaching language arts in order to know what has been tried, what has worked and what has not. If I were beginning in the field of reading education, I would read this book. RayS.

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