Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Topic: Studying Novels.

10-second review: Cutting in half the time taken to study novels produced greater interest in the novel and better results in the quizzes and the final exam.

Title: “Pick up the Pace! The Benefits of Reading at an Accelerated Pace.” Mike Roberts. English Journal (September 2009), 124 -126.

Summary: Increasing the number of pages read each night, from 20 pates to 40 pages and cutting the number of quizzes in half produced more interested, more involved students with better understanding of the novel.

Comment: Roberts, the author of this article, compared reading at the normal slow pace with the quicker pace and concluded that students achieved more with the quicker pace.

When people tell me that they don’t have time to read books, they usually say that they “just can’t get into it.” They’re looking for books that completely absorb them. I would like to add to Mike Roberts’s idea that students read those 40 pages of the novel with a method for absorbing readers in reading novels: one paragraph a page.

I can almost guarantee that students will soon become absorbed n the novel and they will complete the 40 pages in record time, with little loss of detail because the one-paragraph-a-page approach leads to reading everything. They will complete the 40 pages in record time, almost to the point that they will read beyond the 40 pages. Try it yourself and see the results for you, the teacher. Then try it with your students. RayS.

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