Ilana Garon

Writer | Educator

Is Literacy Fun-Damental? Teaching Reading for Pleasure

A source of constant bedevilment for me, and probably for most English teachers these days, is the fact that many kids will tell you they just don’t “like” reading. A recent article in The Atlantic stressed the importance not only of teaching students good literacy skills for a future in a “globally-competitive world” (thanks for that beautiful turn of phrase, Arne Duncan) but also of emphasizing the sheer joy of reading. To the many English teachers like me, who joined this profession precisely because we loved reading, this may seem intuitively obvious; however, that’s easier said than done.

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