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Holt

John Holt, "How Teachers Make Children Hate Reading," an excerpt form The Underachieving School.
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  1. misspell
    write the letters of incorrectly
    We treat a misspelled word like a crime and penalize the misspeller severely; many teachers talk of making children develop a “spelling conscious,” and fail otherwise excellent papers because of a few spelling mistakes.
  2. unabridged
    not shortened by condensing or rewriting
    Having said this, I will now say that I think a big, unabridged dictionary is a fine thing to have in any home or classroom.
  3. heckle
    challenge aggressively
    Furthermore I’m I'm putting all this in a letter to your parents, so they won't feel they have to quiz and heckle you about books at home."
  4. misadventure
    an instance of misfortune
    One of the two, a very driven and anxious little boy, used to write long adventures or misadventures, in which I was the central character-"The Day Mr. Holt Went to Jail," "The Day Mr. Holt Fell Into the Hole," "The Day Mr. Holt Got Run Over," and so on.
  5. astonishingly
    in an amazing manner; to everyone's surprise
    Yet it was astonishingly hard for most of those children to express themselves in speech or in writing.
  6. gusto
    vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
    For teachers who really enjoy doing it, and will do it with gusto, reading aloud is a very good idea.
  7. literate
    able to read and write
    ... not even half that. Since then I have talked about this with a number of teachers. More than once I have said, "According to tests, educated and literate people like you have a vocabulary of about twenty-five thousand words.
  8. humiliation
    depriving one of self-esteem
    From the very beginning of school we make books and reading a constant source of ·possible failure and public humiliation.
  9. tentatively
    in a hesitant manner
    After she had been in the class six weeks or so and we had become good friends, I very tentatively suggested that, since she was a skillful rider and loved horses,
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    she might like to read National Velvet.3 I made my sell as soft as possible, saying only that it was about a girl who loved and rode horses, and that if she didn’t like it, she could put it back.
  10. ornate
    marked by complexity and richness of detail
    His teacher had asked the class to read Cooper's The Deerslayer.1 The choice was bad enough in itself; whether looking at man or nature, Cooper was superficial, inaccurate and sentimental, and his writing is ponderous and ornate.
  11. derivation
    the source or origin from which something comes
    He made the students look up and memorize not only the definitions but the derivations of every big word that came along-and there were plenty.
  12. hunch
    an impression that something might be the case
    Many children spell badly because although their 1st hunches about how to spell a word may be correct, they are afraid to trust them.
  13. voluptuous
    displaying luxury and furnishing gratification to the senses
    It was effortless, voluptuous, satisfying, and it was fun to see the word appear in the air.
  14. swoop
    move with a sweep
    I used to write "Money Money Money," not so much because I didn't have any as because I liked the way it felt, particularly that y at the end, with its swooping tail.
  15. ponderous
    having great mass and weight and unwieldiness
    His teacher had asked the class to read Cooper's The Deerslayer.1 The choice was bad enough in itself; whether looking at man or nature, Cooper was superficial, inaccurate and sentimental, and his writing is ponderous and ornate.
  16. solemnly
    in a serious and dignified manner
    Then, still looking at me, she said slowly and solemnly, "Mr. Holt, do you really mean that?"
  17. superficial
    of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
    His teacher had asked the class to read Cooper's The Deerslayer.1 The choice was bad enough in itself; whether looking at man or nature, Cooper was superficial, inaccurate and sentimental, and his writing is ponderous and ornate.
  18. predecessor
    one who goes before you in time
    Its predecessors were How Children Fail (1964) and How Children Learn (1967).
  19. joyous
    full of or characterized by happiness
    This is exactly what reading should be and in school so seldom is-an exciting, joyous adventure.
  20. glimpse
    a brief or incomplete view
    From a glimpse of the illustrations I thought I knew what the book was.
  21. lively
    full of life and energy
    One girl, who had just come to us from a school where she had had a very hard time, and who proved to be one of the most interesting, lively, and intelligent children I have ever known, looked at me steadily for a long time after I had finished.
  22. groan
    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    They groaned; they liked picking their own.
  23. quarrel
    an angry dispute
    It didn't trouble me in the least that I didn’t know why France was at war with England or who was quarreling with the French Court or why the Musketeers should always be at odds with Cardinal Richelieu’s men.
  24. wit
    mental ability
    It was a game of wits.
  25. eager
    having or showing keen interest or intense desire
    First, try to get them to change, or at least let them know that you are eager for change.
Created on December 24, 2016 (updated December 24, 2016)

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