Accessing the classics : great reads for adults, teens, and by La Vergne Rosow

By La Vergne Rosow

Aid readers increase examining abilities whereas stimulating their appreciation and extending their knowing of significant literature. utilizing a "scaffolding" technique, this advisor leads readers from basic and fascinating reads to more difficult tex. content material: creation -- Myths and legends of historic civilizations: Egypt, Greece, Rome and past -- the center a long time -- Renaissance literature -- Romantic circulation and Victorian age -- Modernism. summary: support readers enhance examining talents whereas stimulating their appreciation and lengthening their figuring out of significant literature. utilizing a "scaffolding" strategy, this advisor leads readers from basic and interesting reads to more difficult tex

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So, re-reading a familiar tale, perhaps told in a new way, can offer new language to all levels. What to suggest The good students probably have a working familiarity with some classics. That background knowledge will support comprehension. Themes can expose these readers to more difficult reading material than they have previously encountered. The teacher may rotate themes (such as Greek myths, Don Quixote, Charles Dickens, illustrated Shakespeare, or James Baldwin) on an ongoing basis. For the very new readers, the Whole Story edition of Jack London's White Fang from chapter 4 provides a beautifully illustrated story with a wealth of scientific information in the margins.

Though there are valid arguments for both arrangements, I opt for mixing them all together to allow readers to cross over from one genre to the next and to let the book, rather than the assigned category, drive the reader. When setting up a reading area in a community center, the books do need to be arranged so that they can be picked up and put back without a lot of searching and shoving on the shelf. Reading Environment j ^ 33 What to keep in mind • Not all adult ESL and new readers are at the same level of sophistication.

Here are some "always-ask" questions: What is your favorite picture book? What book have you most enjoyed reading? What did you like about it? Was it easy or difficult or so-so? How often do you read for fun? (in any language) Is this book for pleasure reading or for a class (on a deadline)? Will you be reading this book to anyone else? (a child, another adult) Have you ever tried listening to recorded books? Although a teacher or a tutor or guide support is essential to getting a grip on the overwhelming world of books, over time readers can be taught to ask themselves questions about their literature choices and motives.

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