It's not that kids can't read, but that they won't because they can't "see" or "live through" the story. That insight from the perspective of seventh and eight graders led a determined teacher to find out just what the act of reading really is and to let his students in on the secret. In You Gotta Be the Book, recently released by Teachers' College Press and the National Council of Teachers of English, Jeffrey Wilhelm, now a University of Maine professor, weaves the drama and characters of his teacher research into new theory and practice that is described as "groundbreaking." Journeying into story worlds with highly engaged and very reluctant middle school readers, Wilhelm explores the attitudes and strategies of both to examine why and how they read. What he found challenges the pedagogy and politics of the traditional classroom.
Hyatt, Kay, "In the Story World, Kids Really Want to Read New Book Maps Out the Journey" (1996). General University of Maine Publications. 1798.
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