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The Power of Reading

This presentation explores the sociocultural model of reading to identify how teachers can help develop reading competencies and make students powerfully literate.

Joy Boath

on 21 May 2012

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Transcript of The Power of Reading

READING! Context of Situation What does it mean to be "powerfully literate"? The POWER of Reading http://landerassociates.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/induction-is-key-says-the-hr-profession/ Background image sourced from: So what is reading anyway? read·ing (rēdiNG) [uncountable] the process of recognizing written or printed words and understanding their meaning

(http://www.macmillandictionary.com) Image: http://www.effectwebagency.com/web-marketing-insights/ask-web-strategist/how-do-i-increase-seo-traffic-without-adding-more-text/ syntax words are arranged into sentences and paragraphs semantics words have meaning(s) graphophonics the symbols (letters) in words represent sounds TEXT What we do with all this is called... Purpose Code Meaning Critically Analyse The sociocultural model of Successful readers can Decipher Make Engage with Texts are often written from the author's viewpoint but this viewpoint is not always universal. Some texts intentionally challenge your views as a reader Sometimes there are unstated assumptions that the reader needs to understand. By analysing texts we can further develop knowledge... ...and take it too a deeper dimension. (Harris, P. 2006) by looking for patterns, following conventions, and relating text to sounds. Making sense of what the text brings the reader in light of what the reader brings the text To understand why a text has been written or use the text in social situations to achieve social purposes, The purpose could be to help organise daily life, or to follow a procedure. BUT... When we do all this, there is always Circumstances
Subject Matter
Roles and Relationships
a Mode of Communication such as place, time of day, materials available and our immediate surrounds The content of WHAT you are reading about, or the "field". WHO is involved, what roles do they play, what relationships exist? some texts attempt to make some kind of relationship with the reader Reading involves but is not necessarily confined to, written language. There can be a combination of modes working in tandem, eg. audio and visual communication, gestural and body language. All of this affects the way we... An interative process, whereby we Powerful Readers can engage with text to
decipher codes,
make sense of it,
use it to serve a purpose
and critically analyse it. How we interpret text depends on
the context of the situation
the context of culture IMAGE SOURCE http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/plasmaballlarge.jpg It's not just about reading. It's what we do with it that REALLY counts! But you knew that didn't you?
Do you know what we DO when we read? Let's look at the bigger picture... Historically, it was believed that a the reader gets information from text, using letters and phonetics to make meaning from text. This was the TOP DOWN view This was the BOTTOM UP view At the same time, some argued that we make sense of what we read from our own experiences, and prior knowledge. emphasis was placed on "breaking the code of text" emphasis was placed on what readers bring to the text But now we understand that reading is an interactive process and Context of Culture Habitus
Funds of Knowledge
Cultural Capital
Social Capital our experience molds our perceptions and behavior our cultural background predisposes us to different views of what is important what we know as readers based on reading experiences and our understanding of what counts what counts can change, depending on the cultural situation our network of relations that helps determine our level of influence are actively engaged with texts to constrict meaning think critically, bringing in their own experiences and looking at text from a multidimensional viewpont use texts to serve a purpose, and understand that texts have their own agenda, which may not align with their own can bring together various viewpoints form a multitude of texts and generate their own knowledgeable views to make predictions, inform, persuade or initiate change in society Teachers have a vital role to play It is up to us to make reading engaging

offer a range of texts with varying purpose

to help students see how text interacts with them

to offer rich cultural learning platforms to practice strategies for reading

to provide an environment that supports critical scrutiny and evaluation We can help our students LOVE reading
and use it to help them become valuable participants in society most of all, we help them to reflect...
and GROW
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