Reading Is Like Running

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BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)

You will probably be given a new set text for this term. I have spoken to children who’ll be reading Anne Frank, Frankenstein, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , The Twits, How to Train Your Dragon and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas. I look forward to hearing many more - do get in touch and let me know

what your class are reading this term. If I haven’t already I would love to read it and maybe review it on the site.

If your set book looks daunting, or you just plain don’t want to read it, remember reading is a lot like running. Many of you will barely notice that you run everyday, maybe for sport, to catch a bus or for games with your friends in the playground, but if your teacher sets what seems to you the pointless exercise of running around the football pitch three times before register you may grumble, drag your feet, your legs will be heavy and that short distance will feel like miles and miles and miles and miles.

I expect you’ve guessed where I’m heading with this?

On receipt of your new set text your instinct might be to groan, add the book to an the rapidly growing pile in your desk and traipse through it page by page on the insistence of your teacher. Progress may be slow and painful, you are unlikely to get into your pace, allow your imagination to run away with you, disappear into the fascinating and fabulous worlds the authors have created. Remember, they wrote these books with the intention to entertain, not to bore the pants off you.

Try taking control of your set text. Don’t wait to be asked to read it page by painful page, but dive in, read sufficiently large chunks that you can escape to the fascinating world of Anne Frank’s Amsterdam or Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory. Read it with a friend, or in a reading club (not a member? Set one up!) or tell the story to somebody who hasn’t or can’t read it as you go along. Like playing chase in the playground, you’re bound to enjoy the book more if you read it to you own timetable. And when you’re 111 like me, you’ll be able to show off that you’ve have read it!



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