Fostering the Love of Reading: The Affective Domain in Reading Education

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9780872071254: Fostering the Love of Reading: The Affective Domain in Reading Education

Why do some people chose not to read, while others read widely for information and pleasure? What can teachers do to encourage the reading habit? This book discusses the role of affect, attitude and motivation in reading, and offers suggestions for curricula and classroom strategies.

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This book is about the central and most important goal of reading instruction-how to foster the love of reading. It is about teachers and the critical role they play in helping children develop into motivated, active, engaged readers who read for both pleasure and information because they find it to be personally satisfying and rewarding...

"Fostering the Love of Reading" is based on motivation theory and research that provides a body of knowledge for building the know--how we need to improve literacy learning for all students. The editors of this volume have carefully gathered a collection of articles that represent the best in current thinking about a wide range of issues related to reading motivation. The authors offer a refreshing look at how to create classroom cultures that turn students on to both the joy and value of reading.

Because we want all our students to become lifelong literacy learners, the goal of developing a love of reading must be a priority in the curriculum. This volume will serve as a rich and valuable resource for energizing teachers toward achieving this worthwhile goal.

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Fact or Falsehood? Nobody Reads Anymore You know that's false! When 40 percent of the waste that overwhelms the U.S. landfills is made up of paper-most of it carrying one set of printed messages or another-it is pure nonsense to declare that society is on the path to irreversible illiteracy. What people are reading and why they are reading it is certainly undergoing change. But that kind of change has been underway since Gutenberg.

Urban graffiti, bumper stickers, and boardwalk T-shirts carry messages almost exclusively in print. It is true that, most are lavishly illustrated or illuminated, but many are also pure poetry, and a marvelous few are even profound in their vernacular wisdom and insight.

True, magazines have evolved drastically into marketing tools rather than the treasure troves of fiction and enlightenment some of them once were. but most children's magazines fulfill their goal of engaging and entertaining young readers, and "Sassy" matured enough in just a few years to merit nomination as one of the five best magazines in the United States. Periodicals in general have proliferated so much that there is not a newsstand big enough to hold them all.

True, prophets of electronic nirvana continue to envision a paperless society. Computer keyboards, however, remain standardized to the 26 letters of the alphabet. Printouts cascade into ever-larger binders and shredders, and so-called desktop publishing has turned anyone who works on user-friendly menus into an instant Gutenberg.

Book lists burgeon; rock groups continue to adopt names, themes, and titles out of classical mythology; and library use per year surpasses attendance at all professional sporting events put together--in Philadelphia, at least, my nearest "big city".

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