Thursday, June 13, 2013

Reading and writing

.... Thanks to a steady diet of fantasy, science fiction, vampires, and magic, kids today rarely read the more complex or sophisticated literature they once did. In fact, most kids and teens today read significantly below their grade level....

“Last year, almost all of the top 40 books read in grades nine through 12 were well below grade level,” reports NPR. “The most popular books, the three books in 'The Hunger Games' series, were assessed to be at the fifth-grade level."

It’s a trend Stephen King pointed out in a recent interview with Parade Magazine. Remembering his own books-infused childhood, King said reading fails to occupy the same importance for kids today. ....

...[F]or those who might suggest that deep reading habits don't matter as much in an age of spell-check, 140-character tweets, and SMS shorthand, King has a rebuttal. The books you read will teach you to write, King says....