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Interacting with inner audiences such as background of experiences can lead children to thoughtful reading experiences. The importance of these dialogues in the reading process is supported in the recent writings of Murray (1982), Pearson and Tierney (1984), Smith (1983), Graves (Hansen, Newkirk, & Graves, 1985), and Harms and Lettow (1986). Pearson and Tierney (1984) define the thoughtful reader as one who reads as if he/she were a writer composing a text for yet another reader who lives within himself/herself. Murray (1982) refers to 11 the audience of me, 11 in which communication develops between different parts of a person's mind. The inner reader, or 11 other self," continually reacts to the text in order to negotiate meaning from what the writer has written, is writing, or is about to write. Graves (1985) believes that there are several inner audiences and that they allow a child to get meaning from the text and to extend his/her thinking-language abilities. A child's interpretations help 11 draft 11 his/her way into meaning.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jeanne McLain Harms


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