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Joyous Reading: Aspects Of Literature Enjoyment For Black/African American Fourth Grade Students, Sherea Mosley Jan 2017

Joyous Reading: Aspects Of Literature Enjoyment For Black/African American Fourth Grade Students, Sherea Mosley

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This study primarily explores the types of books African American children in a local fourth grade classroom like and enjoy. Books students are interested in reading and other related aspects that contribute to their literary enjoyment are also explored. It is during the upper elementary years that many students who eventually express little or no preference for reading first “become ambivalent toward reading… because they [can] no longer find reading material that interest[s] them” (Davila and Patrick, 2010, p. 200). Even when children select a book on their own, they are almost always selecting from books preselected for them ...