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Latest MCT Novel & More from Royal Fireworks Press

Posted on: 04/17/2015

NEW BOOKS FROM ROYAL FIREWORKS PRESS APRIL 2015 Michael Clay Thompson’s intriguing new novel Levels 1 and 2 iBooks of the MCT Curriculum are now complete Understanding and integrating the arts Educating the highly gifted Mathematical Fiction An original novel of magical realism A New Blog Michael Clay Thompson’s intriguing new novel: Fishmeal and the […]

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Reading: Not a Spectator Sport

Posted on: 04/14/2015

In my novel The Glimpsing Book, published by Royal Fireworks Press, one of the main characters, Henrietta, reflects:

The reader cannot just read words without truly thinking about them. It would be like eating without digesting. True reading is very active. A reader brings his or her own story to the author’s story. What a combination that makes! Millions of combinations! Reading is definitely not a spectator sport.

The phrase “eating without digesting” came from a classroom experience several years ago while I was teaching language arts to juniors in high school. I explained to the class–during a very unsuccessful discussion of a novel we had just read–that reading without discussion or reflection is like eating without digesting.

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