Ms. Miller's methods shouldn't be though of as unconventional -- it should be standard operating procedure for a reading curriculum! Her students areMs. Miller's methods shouldn't be though of as unconventional -- it should be standard operating procedure for a reading curriculum! Her students are expected to read 40 books a year. For some, that's perhaps 38 more than they might have read the previous year. Yet her methods work and the majority of her sixth grade students achieve "commended" scores on their state standardized tests. Although written mostly for teachers, parents (and grandparents) of school-age kids will get a lot out of this book.
Early in the book, Donalyn Miller describes the three types of readers she encounters and challenges us to change our vocabulary for readers who exhibit these characteristics:
Developing Readers - commonly referred to as struggling readers, developing readers might have learning disabilities or low scores on standardized tests, but as the author suggests, they are still on the same path to being good readers. They need support for where they are and plenty of opportunities to read, read, read.
Dormant Readers - (developing readers) - the group that makes up most of the students in public schools, might actually be flying under the radar. As long as they're passing standardized tests, they raise no alarms. Perhaps they read to get by or to do what's expected of them - but they're not enthusiastic readers.
Underground Readers - this is the gifted group of readers. But the term underground refers to their departure from the prescribed curriculum and their desire to read the books they choose outside the classroom. They're readers with sophisticated tastes and excellent abilities -- and while they arrive in class as avid readers, they're not challenged by a reading curriculum that's designed for the masses.
The bottom line is that students need to be surrounded by a variety of books and be given the freedom to choose what they want to read and challenged to read every single day. The author shares her vision and methods to achieve her goal of creating lifelong, passionate readers while at the same time achieving state standards.
1. The right to not read. 2. The right to skip pages. 3. The right to not finish. 4. The right to reread. 5. The right to read anything. 6. The right to escapism. 7. The right to read anywhere. 8. The right to browse. 9. The right to read out loud. 10. The right not to defend your own tastes. (my personal favorite)
Although I wish I still had the copy I bought in Japan 25 years ago, this updated version is even better. It's a must-have for anybody interested in JAlthough I wish I still had the copy I bought in Japan 25 years ago, this updated version is even better. It's a must-have for anybody interested in Japanese culture and cuisine. It is to Japanese cooking what Joy of Cooking is to American cooking. ...more
What had started as subterfuge on my part grew into an epiphany. I began to so see how much I actually knew about my mother and myself. She was losing
What had started as subterfuge on my part grew into an epiphany. I began to so see how much I actually knew about my mother and myself. She was losing her mind, yes, but I was losing defenses built up and fortified from childhood. . . . It had been so simple to make my mother happy. All I had to do was say I appreciated her as my mother.
Several years ago, when I read Joy Luck Club, I began to understand my own mother a little bit better and discovered how long-held secrets and suppressed memories shaped her and affected our relationships with her. So this book of Amy Tan's own memories even further illuminates what I already felt with her first novel -- I'm not alone in how I grew up. Amy speaks of her maternal grandmother, who died when her mother was just nine years old, as an ever-present ghost who serves as a muse of sorts. And I totally get it. I do believe that a strength of personality can survive death and distance and become a motivating force in one's life.
Obviously, this is but a small part of this book of memories, but it's the part that informs her writing the most. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. ...more