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This is both a profound and wonderfully practical book. In clear and helpful chapters, the authors show how teachers can use multiple art forms to help students probe and comprehend classic literary texts and create personally meaningful works of their own. The For the Classroom sections at the end of each chapter are superb. --Richard J. Deasy, former director, Arts Education Partnership

This shining book reminds us that the reason to read truly, the desire to learn anything well springs from the same ineffable emotions summoned by the arts. Those who seek the key to academic motivation and mastery can do no better than to study the secrets Landay and Wootton unlock here with simplicity, practicality, and wisdom. --Kathleen Cushman, author, Fires in the Mind

For over a decade, Landay, Wootton, and their many colleagues at the ArtsLiteracy Project have been exploring the rich possibilities at the intersection of arts and literacy development for deep learning and teaching. It has been visionary work, and this book provides vivid pictures of how to bring those possibilities into any classroom. --Steve Seidel, faculty director, Arts in Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education

About the Author

Eileen Landay is cofounder and codirector of the ArtsLiteracy Project. She is a former Clinical Professor of English Education at Brown University and director of Brown s MAT Program in English Education. Kurt Wootton is cofounder and codirector of the ArtsLiteracy Project. He leads ArtsLiteracy initiatives in the United States, Brazil, and Mexico, and is director of Habla, a lab school in Merida, Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (September 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612504612
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612504612
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,367,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne.Pandas on March 7, 2013
Format: Paperback
This lively, detailed guide describes learning environments that bring academic content to life and engage students to learn what they need to have what the authors call "a positive social future." .A Reason To Read: Linking Literacy and the Arts offers teachers an innovative way to promote literacy through rich and sustained instruction in the arts. Based on the best practices and processes that emerged from a decade of documenting, discussing, and revising the work of The ArtsLiteracy Project begun in the Education Department at Brown University, this book describes a framework they call The Performance Cycle.

The authors devote one chapter to each aspect of the cycle. Each chapter describes each segment in detail, offers examples of its implementation and ends with a description of activities that can be adapted to work in a range of learning environments. The chapters describe ways to create a functioning learning community, introduce themes and topics, read for comprehension, create a response in writing and other mediums, and prepare and give a performance of their work. In their view, performances may encompass many types of presentations in public spaces, ranging from those that take place at the end of one class period to those that encompass a full semester's work.

The many rich anecdotes they share throughout the book show readers what happens as students from diverse backgrounds in a variety of school settings engage in the Performance Cycle. These stories make it easy for readers to understand why this approach to literacy has such positive outcomes for even the most unmotivated students and to imagine how it might work for their own students.

Teachers who are struggling to motivate students should put this book on their "Must Read" list. It is a rich, interesting and well-written account of an approach that works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hamaca on February 25, 2013
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As I was reading - no, absorbing - this amazing book, it occurred to me that having this book made available to all teachers, that is, to parents, educators, students, artists, friends, to anyone in any dynamic relationship who wants to learn and share with others, could begin to create a transformation in our society. I gave my first copy of the book to my cousin, who is a school principal, in the hope that its practical learning philosophy - how to engage in the learning process - could find its way into one public school, and from there into the world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works or plays with children, with adolescents, in any learning environment. I am a Yoga instructor and have found many of the elements of the performance cycle work in this context, but why stop there? The only complaint i have is with the title, which I understand is aimed at the educators' market, when (in my opinion) it is a socially important work of art and can help everyone to learn, not just to teach.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Jamner on August 19, 2013
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As someone who has worked in Arts Education for over twenty years, I found Wootten and Landay's A Reason to Read to be a work of great inspiration. At the heart of the book is the Performance Cycle which is a highly effective, well-conceived process of engaging students in reading challenging literature by drawing from their own inner worlds of experience and providing a means of expression through the arts to the essential questions of the works they are studying. But this book is not just theoretical. It is full of stories of how this process plays out in the classroom. I appreciate the organization of the book into chapters about each component of the Performance Cycle, followed by sub-chapters called "For the Classroom" which give practical, real-world examples of this process in action. A Reason to Read is very much about the artful nuance of quality teaching, and I encourage all educators involved in literacy and in the arts to ADD THIS TO YOUR CART RIGHT AWAY!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Woodard on April 17, 2014
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I added this book in my professional library after attending workshops presented by Wootten.I have added the strategies to my practice and the student engagement and learning has increased.
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