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December 6, 2011 / Thinknology

What are we reading?

We can find out the answer to this question simply by perusing any number of bestseller lists found in publications and websites such as the New York Times, Amazon, USA Today, and Barnes & Noble. The answer to this question is the foundation of sound reading instruction.

The bestseller lists represent a microcosm of the topics and stories that all adults like to read. This includes job search, mysteries, self-help, finance, thrillers, health, romance, biographies, history, and so on. So, it stands to reason that adult learners would have the same reading interest as the adult population, as a whole.

Of course, the logical and reasonable response to this premise is that most, if not all, of these publications are beyond the reading level of the adult learner. However, the topics and themes can certainly be used as the basis for teaching adults to read.

Adult learners have a better chance of building their reading and vocabulary skills if they’re absorbed in what they’re reading. Not to mention, sticking with the program.

The passages in Think60 reading lessons represent an eclectic and wide variety of topics.  For example, lessons include Found Money (murder mystery), Credit Scores (personal finance), Jack’s Moment of Truth (romance), and Tornadoes (natural disasters).

Think60 passages also reflect feedback from adult educators nationwide about what adult students like to read. What do your students like to read or, more to the point, what do they want to read?

Let us know and, who knows, you just may find it in a Think60 lesson down the road.


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