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In many instances students cringe when the words reading and school are said concurrently Fear immediately arises in most children at the sound of their teachers announcement that they will be reading a book in class There are two main reasons why children dread a reading assignment knowing that they must answer tedious questions and knowing it might be a possibility that they will read aloud Many teachers give their classes questions over the reading in order to be confident that the students comprehend John Holt an English teacher would ask similar questions to his students he would assign questions designed to bring out the points that he decided they should know 436 Yes if the students understand the material they read they should be able to answer the questions however to the students this is frustrating Corresponding with Holts students other children like to know exactly what is being asked of them by their teacher and will try to get hints from their teacher 436 This becomes an annoyance as much as for the children as the teacher In addition vocabulary and quizzes are given This also hinders the joy of reading One child was assigned a dull elaborately written book and if that was not bad enough the teacher wanted the students to the definitions and the origins of every large word Holt 437 Under those conditions how can a child appreciate and enjoy a book It is not necessary to look up every word in a dictionary or ask question periodically for a child to grasp and enjoy what they read Children should learn how to retain what they read and more importantly find a hunger for more If the hoards of questions and vocabulary drive the child away from reading they are not doing their purpose Humans on average have thousands upon thousands of words in their vocabulary People do not gain all of their vocabulary by looking up their definitions
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