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Reading Workshop: A Classroom Revolution: This is the fourth in a series of articles that look at how reading — and learning to read — is changing. Previous articles have examined the debate over the value of reading on the Internet versus reading in print, how educators are using video games as bait to lure children to read and the new approach that school librarians are taking to meet the demands of the digital age.
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The world doesn’t have to be like this. Things can be different.
With the cinema and television taking up a great deal of attention of children, teenagers and even adults, the habit of serious reading is dying out. People are content to read abridged versions. see films, go through illustrated comics and be content. But just as reading should not become a substitute for the joy of living or drive out the other forms of entertainment, other substitutes should not be accepted for the pleasure of reading which lies in the act itself. One may be selective, may be discriminating but no one can afford to shut himself off from this rich and ever-growing world of literature.
Few writers have the gift for bringing terror out of everyday life like Shirley Jackson. Like O’Connor, she is a master of the grotesque. The titular story, “The Lottery,” caused a huge scandal when it was published and over 60 years later is still one of the most anthologized short stories in American letters.