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In the CLASSroom - Cover Story
December 2012 Issue
The third-grade classroom at Oakwood Elementary School in Hall County is quiet as the children read independently. They’re sprawled across the carpeted floor, sitting on pillows or in desk chairs following the adventures of characters like Greg Hefley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Lemony Snicket or Junie B. Jones. At a table in one corner, Carly Overmyer, 9, reads passages from Something from Nothing to Stephanie Jones, an associate professor from UGA’s College of Education. “What do you think the meaning of that title is?” Jones asks Carly in a voice barely above a whisper. “Is there a part in this text you felt you could empathize with?” Carly says she can relate to the working-class family in the book and Joseph, the story’s main character, whose grandfather makes things for him. Carly’s grandmother makes things for Carly. Later, Carly’s teacher tells Jones she has encouraged the 9-year-old to read more difficult texts, but Carly prefers the simpler picture books. …
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