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Reading Memories Exercise

In your mind, put aside the reading you’re doing for school and go to a place where you have positive feelings about reading. …

Maybe you are being read to or maybe you are reading yourself. …

Try to settle on a single memory … and dwell in it.

What book is being read? What does it look like? Feel like? Are the pages thick or thin? Are there pictures? What colors and images stand out? What does it smell like? Where did this book come from? How did you happen upon it? Did someone give it to you? Did you borrow it from the library? If you chose it, what attracted you to it?

Now, look around. Where are you? Indoors? Outdoors? Cuddled up on a couch or lying in the grass? Are you comfortable? Are you warm or cold?

How old are you?

Are you alone or with someone else?

How do you feel?

Now listen. Who is reading? A parent? Grandparent? Sibling? Try to remember the voice. Is it quiet or loud? Soft? Animated?

Or, are you reading to or by yourself? What sounds surround you? Are you aware of any as you read? Do you imagine any as you read?

What characters do you meet as you become immersed in the world of the book? Are they like you or different?

Where does the book take you? Is it a real place or an imaginary one? What do you remember about the world of the book?

How do you feel reading this book?

How do you feel when it ends?

Slowly bring yourself back to the present day. What sticks with you still about this reading experience?

Now, complete the survey in the box below.

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Adapted from :

Brown, Amanda Christy, and Katherine Schulten. "What's Your Reading History?" New York Times. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2010.Web. 10 Oct. 2016. <http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/04/whats-your-reading-history-reflecting-on-the-self-as-reader/?_r=0>.                         

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