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FUN WITH DICK AND JANE conjures up memories in the minds of many adults in this country. Most will agree that the name was really a misnomer. Their first book was actually pretty dull, and, for many, the whole process of learning to read was fraught with anxiety. Beginning reading instruction in the United States has traditionally involved heavy dependence on basal readers which use a controlled vocabulary and a detailed hierarchy of skills. A current trend in early reading instruction emphasizes a whole language approach rather than a skills emphasis approach often associated with basal readers. Studies show that children learn to read by using whole units of quality literature instead of the stilted basal stories and accompanying reinforcement and skill activities that frequently center on language fragments.

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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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