Tell me: children, reading, and talk
"There is a correlation between the richness of the reading environment in which readers live and the richness of their talk about what they've read." "In any group of children we find that if they begin by sharing their most obvious observations they soon accumulate a body of understanding that reveals the heart of a text and its meaning(s) for them all."Talking about a book helps a child find the heart of a story, make sense of a string of facts, and understand complicated ideas. Aidan Chambers proposes an approach for discussing books so children learn to talk well about what they've read. Indeed, not only talk well, but listen well. And not just about books, but about other things. For the "Tell me" approach ultimately helps children learn to clarify ideas for themselves and to communicate with others. It is, in short, a basic step in applying knowledge and articulating meaning.Tell Meoffers practical information about book talking in the classroom, explaining some of the processes and outlining the ground rules developed by teachers and others who work with children and books. From their experience he has formulated a Framework, "a repertoire of questions that assist readers in speaking out their reading."Tell Meis companion to The Reading Environment.
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activity adults Aidan Chambers Alan Garner answer approach begin Betsy Byars booktalk Bubble and Squeak chapter character Charles Causley chil child children talk crane driver critical Dick King-Smith discover discussion dislikes dream dren elephant enjoy everything is honorably example experience feel Felice Holman Georgie going happen hear help children highlighting honorably reportable ideas interest interpretation Irene Hunt James Bro Jan Maxwell John Burningham kind language Lektro Lissa Paul listen literary literature look Maurice Sendak meaning narrative novels obvious patterns picture book poems Present Takers pupils puzzled ravens read aloud readers Reading Environment reread responses Rosemary Sutcliff s/he Sendak's session shared sharks silver lion Slake special questions started story teacher asks Tell ten-year-olds thought tion understand want to say Wendy wild things Willis Joe Wobin words writing