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Why reading is important

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Elizabeth Gunn

on 23 April 2017

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Transcript of Why reading is important

Reading connects us
across time and space...

Geocaching Connects Communities

Global Connections
How Text Works
Using this activity as a medium for language learning engages young learners as they interact with the adult and the environment. It is meaningful as there is a desired outcome.
Spending time with my children Geocaching created fun memories while teaching them some fantastic skills. It got everyone outside and each contributing different skills in order to find the cache. This activity is another example of how using multiliteracies helps people explore how text works.
Forging intergenerational connections via unfamiliar semiotic systems
Reading creates and sustains intergenerational connections
Clive James is person who I think really sustains himself through reading (and especially now, as his eyes get weaker, 'reading' television and cinema texts). He still writes a weekly column for The Guardian (Reports of my death) and his articles seem to get better and better. He writes about how, through reading; novels, poetry, television, movies, opera, theme parks, he connects with his wife, children and grandchildren, the pleasure he derives from sharing these activities and the insight he gets from their perspectives on life as they relate to the various texts they read together.
I find Minecraft really unfathomable. My 11-yr-old was really into it two years ago. I tried to find ways to make sense of this digital 'platform'. One of the things he did to help me understand was to take screen shots of his worlds and save them in my photo gallery. The below photos are instances of that. He says "it is a really fun platform that people of all ages can use to build anything they want".

In a UK school, teacher-researchers Cathy Burnett and Chris Bailey (2015) set up a multi-aged Minecraft club to research the diverse contexts where students collaborate to decode and expand each other's understanding of unfamiliar texts.
Burnett, C & Bailey, C. (2015). Conceptualising collaboration in hybrid sites: Playing
together and apart in a primary classroom. In Cathy Burnett, Julia Davies, Guy Merchant & Jennifer Rowsell (Eds.)
New literacies around the globe
. New York: Routledge. (50-63).
In this article it's Clive's granddaughter's birthday. He takes us on a textual journey with his family, starting with a Harry Potter theme park, through a song from
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
, a new children's book (
Mango and Bambang
), a meeting between Arnold Bennett and TS Elliot, ending with a Verdi opera,
Il Trovatore
From shaping virtual worlds to shaping body hair
My son's latest online reading connects him to communities of practice (and commerce) beyond peers and family
intergenerational connections
The article is only 5 short paragraphs
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt for all ages. Participants use a GPS system to follow the directions to find the treasure. There is so much literacy going on during a 'hunt'. One must read the GPS, Read any street signs or other environmental print and then write in the book.
This is an activity which brings people together within families, neighborhoods and countries. Some 'treasures' have traveled around the world, carried by different people. This activity crosses language barriers and boarders as you can follow the directions in the target language of choice and search for treasure around the world.
Reading brings the world closer
and broadens horizons
Why is reading important?
by Liz C, Lorenza, Kang and Liz G
(Liz G)
What does reading mean to
community connections
Liz C
So, what about you...
Watch the video to find out all about it
From quasi illiterate migrant to avid reader.
Salvatore Arestia was born in Sicily in 1926 to a poor rural family.
Under Mussolini's Fascist regime, significant public money was spent on schooling and remote rural communities had access to some basic education.
My father's schooling was however interrupted and he went to school on and off for only 3 years.
He recounts how, as a child of only 7, he was woken early to herd the cows to pasture. His job done, he would then have to walk an hour to school. He was often tired and stopped on the side of the road under a tree for a nap, often arriving late or not at all!!
Despite missing the continuity to required to consolidate his reading, a foundation was built and a passion lay dormant for many more years to come.
In 1952 Salvatore migrated to Australia and resumed farming in South Gippland.

In 1959 the first issue of Il Globo was published in Melbourne. It was issued weekly and provided a connection to his home country as well as national and local news and events.

For my father and many immigrants Il Globo was more than a newspaper, it was the hub of an Italo- Australian community.

However at this stage, reading was not yet a priority in my father's life. In the context of work, family and friends, he read the paper only intermittently.
Dad's Golden Age of Life Long Learning
In retirement, the luxury of time opens up a whole new world.
Il Globo, which was only picked up intermittently is now devoured, cover to cover.

Inside the newspaper is a rich assortment of news and information which keeps him in touch with local and international and news from Italy.

Local community news of Italian club events keep him informed and actively engaged in his community.

Opinion columns and opinion pieces broaden his perspective and allow him to consider views beyond his own limited schema.

The magazine section provide topics of discussion with family and friends on interests such as food, film, health, television and lifestyle.

At 90 alas, the obituary section, reminds him weekly of his mortality as he finds yet another familiar face of a beloved friend and evidence of the near end of an era.

Yet, he is grateful for his life, bewildered as to why he is still here.
With a twinkle in his eye, he looks up from the obituaries
"It's okay, I couldn't find my picture here this week either."

Multiple ways of seeing reading
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