Reading And Writing Skills In The Gypsy Princess By Phoebe Gilman

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Reading and writing skills are developed very early on in a child's life. They are encouraged to read whatever interests them and are given a chance to explore their talent in writing when creating stories and silly poems. However, I believe that school assignments, such as poorly lead novel studies, kill the curiosity and imagination a child has nurtured. While they do teach students essential lessons in literacy, incorrect use of the tool loses students to boredom, emotional detachment, and lack of interest towards academic reading and writing. Personally, I would say that my love stories were unmatched before I had even heard the word novel studies. I was optimistic when I first heard what novel studies were. The thought of being allowed …show more content…
I would crave to hear about some faraway place where the characters would have action-packed life. A hero dedicated to defeating some menacing evil, or an adventurer who took a long journey to find a lost treasure, seemed more attractive than the real world. I learned life lessons and morals through these books as well, enriching my vocabulary and creative being. Of course, the only way I was going to sleep was with a bedtime story. I wouldn't allow it otherwise. My mom and I began with short stories that grew to become more complex as I got older. The sweet picture book The Gypsy Princess by Phoebe Gilman became Mary Osborne's adventurous The Magic Tree House, which quickly turned into the famous Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone created by J.K Rowling, finally maturing into The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R Tolkien. When we were reading together, it was just me and her. We could take a break from our high energy household to relax in feelings of peace and calmness. Novel studies turned those positive emotions into a negativity, making it feel like tedious chore I dreaded doing every …show more content…
When I was Grade 12, I the class had the choice of reading Tolkien's The Hobbit or 2000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. This was a smart move made by my English teacher in the sense that we were able to choose what we would be working on for the next three months. I found the only disappointing part of the book was when it ended. There were countless twists and turns in the story as Bilbo and the group of dwarves made their way to reclaim their ancestral lands from the clutches of an evil dragon. I had no problem writing about it and I enjoyed picking apart the words to find underlying messages. The end left me feeling both satisfied and empty at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed it but was terribly disappointed to see the characters and places I had grown to know come to a close.
It is this greedy want for another thrilling tale, that spurns young readers to pick up a book once again. Seeking to find comfort in another story that invokes the same feeling that will ensnare them into reading more until they have had their fill. These readers will also become better writers as a result of their increased exposure to professional writing instead of the slang used in social media. An easier and more inviting approach should be used to introduce literary analysis to create curiosity, so they don't run away screaming from reading and writing

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