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    Appearing Acts

    Creating Readers in a High School English Class

    Joan Kernan Cone
    Asking how she, as a teacher, can motivate students to discover the joy of reading, Joan Kernan Cone explores students' self-perceptions as "readers" and "non-readers." By engaging her students in this question and through her willingness to respond to their ideas Cone experiments with methods to cultivate "readers" -- those who read on their own for pleasure and knowledge. Through the use of student journals, reading materials matching their interest and cultural backgrounds, and group discussion, she inspires a passion for reading. As a result of her in-class research and collaborative reflection with her students, Cone advocates creating a "community of readers" in which students can choose books, read them, talk about them, and encourage others to read.

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    Winter 1994 Issue

    Abstracts

    Writing Workshop as Carnival
    Reflections on an Alternative Learning Environment
    Timothy J. Lensmire
    Lessons from Students on Creating a Chance to Dream
    Sonia Nieto
    Composing Texts, Composing Lives
    Sondra Perl
    Appearing Acts
    Creating Readers in a High School English Class
    Joan Kernan Cone
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