Ariel Sacks says that by teaching novels “whole” she has been able to ignite student interest in books, deepen discussions & improve reading comprehension.
Well-stated blog post about the need for teaching novels in the whole rather than piecemeal, chapter-by-chapter, as many teachers do. I wonder if the piecemeal approach came about because of the push to "chunk" information or if it came about because teachers could no longer count on students to actually complete reading assignments? Perhaps it could also be the CCSS push for "balanced assessments" and "more frequent data points" that require us to parse out our teaching in little bits & pieces. I’m keeping this one in my back pocket for the next PD on assessments.
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