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Looking for an extensive reading book for your class? Can't think of a title? Want to hear how a colleague has used a particular text for instruction? Want to hear a summary? Want to get a feeling for it? Look no further, that's what Book Talk is all about. As more instructors use the books and agree to interviews, we'll post their reviews and their tips for using each title.
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
"I wrote Because of Winn-Dixie at the tail end of one of the worst winters on record in Minnesota, when I was homesick for the warmth of Florida. I was living in an apartment where no dogs were allowed. As a result, I was suffering from a serious case of 'dog withdrawal.' One night, before I went to sleep, I heard this little girl's voice (with a Southern accent) say, 'I have a dog named Winn-Dixie.' When I woke up the next morning, the voice was still talking, and I started writing down what India Opal Buloni was telling me." -Kate DiCamillo
With her newly adopted, goofy pooch at her side, Opal explores her bittersweet world and learns to listen to other people's lives. This warm and winning book hosts an unforgettable cast of characters, including a librarian who fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace, an ex-con pet-store clerk who plays sweet music to his animal charges, and the neighborhood "witch," a nearly blind woman who sees with her heart. Part Frankie (The Member of the Wedding), part Scout (To Kill a Mockingbird), Opal brings her own unique and wonderful voice to a story of friendship, loneliness, and acceptance. Opal's down-home charm and dead-on honesty will earn her friends and fans far beyond the confines of Naomi, Florida. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter
Here's the YouTube video about Because of Winn-Dixie:
In Neil Anderson's book Exploring Second Language Reading: Issues and Strategies, he discusses evaluating text for reading development. In this discussion, he provides an outline of four levels of reading first published by E. A.Betts in 1957:
That 70%-75% level can be a bit uncomfortable for students who are used to understanding their readings at 100%, but throughout the quarter their level of discomfort, as well as their comprehension, changes for the better. The capacity level is intriguing as it seems to indicate that either using audio in class or having it available can be an aid in developing reading. For some samples, follow this link to Jacquie George's website for audio files for the book The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. http://seattlecentral.edu/faculty/jgeorg/IBESTAMS08.htm
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