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The Star Method: A Brilliant Idea

Susan Notes:

As Stephen Krashen indicates, this idea is simple and has great potential in creating a community of readers.

by Stephen Krashen

LaDuska Adriance's idea of students putting a star in the inside corner of library books they like might be one of the great ideas of the century: Simple, no-cost, with the potential of substantially increasing interest in reading by creating a community of readers, what Frank Smith calls a "literacy club."

I hope others try the Star Method and that those who are research-minded will carry out studies. I predict that the results will support this simple but powerful means of getting information around among students about good books.

Adriance, L. 2010. Seeing Stars. How I ignored my inner librarian and got kids excited about books again. School Library Journal 56, 7: 26-27.

— Stephen Krashen
submitted to School Library Journal


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