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Dick and Jane books were the predominant readers in public schools from the s through the early s. The books were created by educator Williams S. To understand the phenomenon of Dick and Jane, it is helpful to have a little background on the books that preceded the series.
The new elementary school principal could hardly believe what he was hearing - an eighth-grade student struggling to read a fourth-grade book! Upon investigation, however, he found that the reader was a typical 14 year-old boy. Except for one thing - he couldn't read.
Dick and Jane refers to the two main characters, "Dick" and "Jane", created by Zerna Sharp for a series of basal readers that William S. Gray wrote to teach children to read. The characters first appeared in the Elson-Gray Readers in and continued in a subsequent series of books through the final version that Scott Foresman published in These readers were used in classroom in the United States and in other English-speaking countries for nearly four decades, reaching the height of their popularity in the s, when 80 percent of first-grade students in the United States were learning to read through these stories.
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So many phonics-based readers were incredibly boring and my kids do not respond well to boring. Back when I went to elementary school Dick and Jane books were used. I loved those books and read them multiple times for fun.
A brief glimpse at the last years of reading instruction including Dick and Janeand why it should matter to you! As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. You can learn more about that here. Do you remember the Dick and Jane readers of old that so many of us and our parents learned to read by?
Once a beloved teaching tool, Dick and Jane was later denounced as dull, counterproductive, and even misogynistic. A former teacher from Laporte, Ind. Gray with an idea that would change the face of American literacy.
Magnificent yet daunting, Moby-Dick stands as one of the great classics of American literature, much admired but — sprawling and intimidating — seldom read. Now an unlikely combination of fans including David CameronTilda SwintonStephen Fry and Simon Callow are set to change that after joining the cast of an ambitious project to record the novel in its entirety. Dreamed up by author Philip Hoare and artist Angela Cockaynethe readings are being broadcast daily onlineaccompanied by images inspired by the book from contemporary artists including Anish Kapoor and Antony Gormley. Swinton kicks off the immense undertaking — chapters over days — taking the novel's iconic opening, "Call me Ishmael", with Fry to read a homoerotic encounter between Ishmael and the tattooed Queequeg and Callow taking "the sermon".