Written Collage: Learning to Read

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Collage: Learning to love to read

As young children we are taught to read. We start off by learning to sound out letters, which become words, which then form sentences and sentenced form paragraphs that all form together and become a book. Eventually as we learn to read. we become readers. In essence the process of learning to read is a collage in itself. We learn to read by taking many, many little bits of information to form one whole collective piece. We are asked to define what reading is to us, but first the term reading must be defined. So what is reading? The process of interpreting written language; The process of interpreting a symbol, a sign or a measuring device; A meeting where written material is read; An interpretation; So now what does reading mean to me? ***

“Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing.  It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total.”  -Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning ***

My experiences with books and reading has been  rough. As a kid my family and I moved around a lot, so I was a part of many different reading programs. ***
“Sixty years ago I knew everything. Now I know nothing. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.” -Will Durant ***
 Reading is a hassle, a chore, something that I have to do. Reading is very rarely enjoyable for me.  I wouldn’t say that reading bores me, because it doesn’t when I really get into a book, it’s more like that I have a hard time sitting down and relaxing into a book.  Reading has always been something that was forced on me so I have a hard time doing it by choice. ***

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables ***
My school district based a lot of...
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