Reading Differences

I picked up an interesting leaflet last week, all about the The Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) project Reading Differences. The leaflet states:

"Reading different books – stories, poems, picture books and traditional tales set in different cultural contexts – opens windows on to other worlds, showing how other children grow up, get along with family and friends and cope with everyday life and extraordinary events"

The focus is on introducing children and young people to a broader range of literature from around the world, I think a lot of the ideas are relevant to any type of reading, and are all really just methods for talking about what is being read. The leaflet sets out four ideas to think about:
  • Researching the background of the book, looking up maps is a good place to start, but anything that puts the book in a wider context would be good.
  • Interpreting pictures, maps and pictures develop the atmosphere of the book and can be good places to explore the geographical and historical settings.
  • Reading aloud, alerting reading partners to different voices, will bring the stories to life.
  • Draw on knowledge of similar stories, some of the exotic stories may not be quite so different to those in modern soap operas.

Finally, there are some recommended books that look great:

Lots more books are listed on Reading Differences annotated book list.

1 comment:

Tutor Mentor Connections said...

I've been matched with you in the Non Profit Blog Exchange and wrote about your blog at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2010/01/olympic-gold-and-uk-reading-resource.html

You've got great resources for reading and I like the way you show your program sites on a Google map. I hope you'll take a look at how we're using maps to help improve the distribution of non-school learning and mentoring programs in high poverty areas of Chicago.

I'll look forward to connecting with you.

Dan Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Cabrini Connections