Thursday, August 16, 2007

Reading at Risk

NEA's Reading at Risk reported that less than 1/2 of American Adults read literature. Full report. The report describes the benefits of reading for pleasure to the individual reader and society.

Patrick Welsh, an English teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., tells us in USA Today that his students struggle to with "required reading"and suggests that teachers “start leading kids to books that will truly engage them — and not just the classics.”

The Devereaux Library has been using the http://www.goodreads.com/ website in an attempt to lead our students “to books that will truly engage them — and not just the classics.”

Cornell University has a “New Student Reading Project” which attempts to address the problem by having the entire incoming undergraduate class read and discuss a work of literature which “stays with you. When we pick up a great book, we are entering into a new world that has been crafted and expressed in a very personal way. It is a one-on-one process that is never experienced exactly the same way by any two people, and yet the best writing can affect and move each of us in very similar ways.”

Would anyone be interested in participating in a project like the one at Cornell? Perhaps the NEA's The Big Read?

Contact me cindy.davies@sdsmt.edu if you are interested!

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