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Why Reading Workshop Works

In her recent article in Instructor magazine, called “The Pleasure Principle,” author Nancie Atwell asks, “If we can agree that a goal of education is for children to become skilled, passionate, habitual, critical readers, why does so much of what goes on in the name of teaching reading prevent kids from experiencing the satisfaction of books?” Here’s a taste of her new book The Reading Zone:

"One of our primary goals as reading teachers is to eliminate—or at least reduce—frustration. We want to make reading easy. In our workshops, teachers start by being honest with kids about what we do as readers. We acknowledge the guilt many of us grew up with—the feeling that there’s a proper, rigorous way to read and that somehow we’re not doing it right—so we can help our students navigate books with pleasure and confidence. I let them know that serious, joyful, engaged, critical readers make choices about how, why, and what they read. In reading workshops, children are encouraged to skim, skip, and look ahead. Abandoning a book that a reader isn’t enjoying is viewed as a smart move, not a character defect. Students learn that the desire to reenter a beloved book isn’t cheating, it’s a benchmark of someone who is becoming a reader... Virginia Woolf said, 'Literature is no one's private ground, literature is a common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly.' A writing workshop takes down the Keep Off the Grass signs. It invites young readers to explore and enjoy the lushest landscapes on earth, and through booktalks and conversations, it recommends the worthwhile, scenic routes."

 

 

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    Goosebumps HorrorLand Books 1-3 Library Bundle

    Goosebumps HorrorLand Books 1-3 Library Bundle

    by R.L. Stine

    Revenge of the Living Dummy (Book #1):

    It's a whole new ride from master of horror and bestselling author R.L. Stine--with a story so fiendish that it can't be contained to just one book!

    Fright-master R.L. Stine invites you on an all-new, all-terrifying adventure!

    The thrill ride begins when 12-year-old Britney Crosby encounters an old ventriloquist's dummy with a lively secret--and a wicked plan. Just when she thinks the nightmare is over, Britney receives an invitation to an amusement park where everything is not as it seems. Who--or what--is summoning ordinary kids to HorrorLand? Britney and her friends must find out fast--or remain trapped forever in the scariest place on Earth.

    Creep From the Deep (Book #2):

    Billy and his sister, Sheena, unwittingly dive into a terrifying mystery when they accept a surprise invitation to HorrorLand--the amusement park that always lives up to its name. But first Billy and Sheena must sink or swim aboard a doomed ship that happens to be underwater--with a captain who happens to be dead. At least, he used to be!

    Monster Blood for Breakfast! (Book #3):

    For an athlete like Matt Daniels, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's also the most dangerous. That's because somebody is about to pull a mean prank. The recipe is simple: Just add gooey, green Monster Blood.

    As if Matt's problems weren't big and slimy enough, an invitation to HorrorLand is also on its way. Can Matt survive inside a terrifying scream park where trouble lurks behind every turnstile? Can YOU?

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    The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other Stories

    The Celebrated Jumping Frog and Other Stories

    by Mark Twain

    Rich in frontier life and humor, here are six short stories from one of the most American of authors. From optimistic humor to experienced satire, Mark Twain's stories reflect observations taken from his own life as a steamboat pilot, world traveler, and frontier reporter.

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