Monday, August 31, 2009


A novel (pun intended) concept for teaching kids to read: Let them read the books they want to read. Seems like a no-brainer, huh? Well, yes and no. A great article in the New York Times by Motoko Rich documents Lorrie McNeill’s teaching method--its pros and cons--of giving her 7th and 8th graders freedom in picking the books they want to read. McNeill was inspired by the work of Nancie Atwell, the author of In the Middle and The Reading Zone, popular guidebooks for teachers that promote giving students widespread choice. Co-publisher Lee Byrd here at Cinco Puntos says that a Teachers for Whole Languages list-serv that she is on is alive this morning with an on-going discussion about the article. Perhaps she’ll add a comment about what’s being said? One thing is for sure: we hope the kids choosing books will choose Cinco Puntos Press books.

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