Intensive Reading

The ultimate goal of our Intensive Reading/ Book Talk program is to inspire kids to read, train them how to read actively, improve their writing and public speaking skills as well.

Most kids read without questions in mind and they never make time to reflect upon and evaluate what they have read. This is called passive reading. Kids pay little attention to identifying and remembering the main ideas, and hence feel little engagement with the reading. How to turn a passive reader to an active one?  During and after reading, the reader needs to be involved in repeated questioning, critiquing, re-examination and development of ideas within the literary text they just digested. The benefits of active reading include: more efficient reading and studying, greater concentration and focus while reading, improved understanding of key information.

The Intensive reading/Book Talk program encourages kids to prepare a speech about the book and re-write some plots of the book using creative thinking, so that kids will become more active in their readings.

Spring term schedule  (From April 9 to April 25), 12 lessons in total for kids at Grade 5-8 

Time: Thursdays from 5:30-7:00      Location: Zoom online 

Please fill out this form to register DeRin's Intensive reading program (8-10 kids)


Our Teacher

H. Watts an English literature doctoral candidate at the University of Waterloo, with a Masters in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Windsor.  She recently won the 2019 University of Waterloo English Graduate Creative Writing Award as well as the 2019 University of Waterloo English Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. Her current areas of research explore critical disability theories, postmodern English, Irish, and American poetry, and new media. She enjoys reading about cyborgs, yoga, running, kayaking, and watching Seinfeld.

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