National Council Of Educational Research And Training
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The main objective of this supplementary reader is to promote among learners the habit of reading independently with interest,
understanding and enjoyment. It seeks to enable them to read independently in the sense that they would not expect the book
to be taken up page by page in the classroom. They would rather read it on their own and later share and confirm their responses and appreciation with the teacher and the peer group through discussions, questions and, wherever possible, even role-play. The book contains eleven pieces. Each piece has been divided into two or three manageable sections, each section briefly summarised in point form without revealing crucial turns and twists of the storyline, thus sustaining readers’ curiosity and interest. While-reading ‘Comprehension Check,’ given at the end of sections, is a recall of what has been read and understood so far. This format is being tried to make comprehension easier and concentration keener. Each piece is also followed by a set of questions as aids to understanding and, at many places, topics for discussion in groups. Points under ‘Think it Over’ are largely such quotations as have a direct bearing on the theme of the story. Some quotations may not be immediately comprehensible to learners. Teachers may therefore want to play a direct role in explaining, simplifying or paraphrasing lines/topics and suggest appropriate sub-topics to facilitate a focussed discussion in small groups. All questions should be attempted orally before well-formulated answers are put down on paper. Discussion on related topics should be encouraged so that learners get an opportunity to go beyond the book and feel inspired to reach hitherto undiscovered vistas of knowledge and pleasure. The stories, amply illustrated, deal with themes of cooperation, compassion, respect and love for flora and fauna, sound decision-making, science fiction, education, peace and
harmony. It is hoped that young readers will find the book enjoyable and rewarding, and will feel motivated to read
extensively on their own to become proficient readers in the years to come.