I love innovative reading strategies. Most religion teachers recognize early on that despite the fact that they are meant to teach theology, they spend a lot of their time teaching reading. Literature has historically been a key source of our faith and it is critical to the well-rounded Catholic religious education program. In Nick Senger’s ROMAN Reading: 5 Essential Skills for Transforming Your Life through Literature you will find a creative way of promoting the reading of entire books. Reading books in their entirety is becoming quite rare in young people and Nick’s advice makes reading manageable.
R – Read
O – Outline
M – Mark
A – Ask
N – Name
In his book, you will find numerous applications to this reading strategy including some sample texts like “The Bet” by Anton Chekhov and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. He also includes an extensive reading list of his personal favorites.
I’m writing a quick post about this now because I think this book would be a perfect guide for summer reading assignments. Many schools assign the reading of multiple books and Nick’s strategies could really help convince young people to actually do that reading!