Igniting a passion for reading - Successful strategies for building lifetime readers


How much do I want to read more? 8/10

It's striking. People know how to read, but they don't have the desire to. Yet our schools still focus on the skills, the will is left to "chance".
I love reading this.


Chapter 1 - The missing objective in the teacher's reading lesson plans: Igniting a passion by targeting aliterate readers

Literacy skills have always been a precursor to success.
Those who can read and write well become powerful communicators; such people are the movers and shakers of society in many cases.

My concern, and the focus of this book is about disengaged readers. Such students are too often forgotten by lawmakers, education pundits, and school boards, and the reason is simple: fostering a love of reading in kids is not a curricular objective.
It's not tested by the state.
People, both children and adults, who have the ability but not the desire to read are termed aliterates.

It should be the teacher's aim to give every child a love of reading, a hunger for it that will stay with him through all the years of his life. If a child has that he will acquire the mechanical part without difficulty.

-- Mayne 1915, 40


A complete reader:

we have more readers who can read and don't than we do readers who can't read at all!
our focus as a nation remains almost exclusively on reading skills. The disconnect is frightening.

historically, we have given almost no attention to affective elements of reading instruction (attitude, desire, and motivation)

people who don't read make all of their future decisions on what they used to know. How can they base their decisions on anything else? Old knowledge is all they have.