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Grace Fleming

After You Read a Book

By February 27, 2013

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Are you hooked on a particular book series? Do you rush through your household chores so you can get back to your werewolf stories?

There are so many good choices out there for young readers, and I think this is a very good thing! However, I would like to pass along a word of advice for avid readers. After you read any book, you should take some time to reflect on the story and do an evaluation of the writer's craft.

Have you ever wondered why you have to write book reports in school? Your teacher is teaching you to think critically about the material you've read. You are being forced to reflect and evaluate the book, and for a good reason! This exercise teaches your brain to process and make judgements on information -- and this is an important survival skill for adulthood. We have to learn to think, evaluate, and make judgments for ourselves.

You should always take the time to reflect on a book as a final step of reading. Were you satisfied with the work, or did it leave you feeling unsettled? Take a few moments to determine why the book made you feel the way it did. This is good practice for your brain!

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