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Is Understanding Paragraphs Enough?

The new vogue in reading instruction is all about paragraph analysis. Many current reading programs focus on paragraphs that students are expected to read and analyze. Before they get started students may be given vocabulary words they will need to know. Having read the paragraph there are metaphors to identify and understand, key words to note, word pictures and syntax to identify, and more.
Now all of that is good pedagogy, I have no problem with it, but I do have a problem with those programs that make paragraph analysis an end in itself. If there are no books, or essays, or short stories, or any other complete works in your reading program, what’s the point?
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