Fun with Dick and Jane : Penguin Young Readers :Dick and Jane books were the predominant readers in public schools from the s through the early s. The books were created by educator Williams S. To understand the phenomenon of Dick and Jane, it is helpful to have a little background on the books that preceded the series. In the early 19th century, schoolhouses were not well-supplied with books of any kind, so students were asked to bring a book from home. Few families owned many books, so the most common one children brought was a Bible. The early one-room schoolhouses made it impossible for children to be separated by age or ability, so teachers did their best to provide students with skills that could be used regardless of the book they had in front of them. For that reason, phonics—sounding out words—was the preferred reading method.
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You'll love revisiting a fond part of your childhood when sharing these classic Dick and Jane books with your students. With innocent entertaining exploits and simple repetitive declarations, these c… More. Want to Read. Shelving menu. Shelve Fun with Dick and Jane. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Rate it:.
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Dick and Jane refers to the two main characters, "Dick" and "Jane", created by Zerna Sharp for a series of basal readers that William S. Gray wrote to teach children to read. The characters first appeared in the Elson-Gray Readers in and continued in a subsequent series of books through the final version that Scott Foresman published in These readers were used in classroom in the United States and in other English-speaking countries for nearly four decades, reaching the height of their popularity in the s, when 80 percent of first-grade students in the United States were learning to read through these stories. Although the Dick and Jane series of primers continued to be sold until and remained in use in some classrooms throughout the s, they were replaced with other reading texts by the s and gradually disappeared from school curriculum. The Dick and Jane series were known for their simple narrative text and watercolor illustrations. Despite the criticisms of the stereotypical content that depicted white, middle-class Americans and the whole-word look-say method of teaching reading on which these readers are based, the characters of "Dick," "Jane," and their younger sister, "Sally," became household words.
Once a beloved teaching tool, Dick and Jane was later denounced as dull, counterproductive, and even misogynistic. A former teacher from Laporte, Ind. Gray with an idea that would change the face of American literacy. So Sharp proposed a collection of short stories that would each introduce a handful of new words. And—critically—these characters would appear in simple illustrations designed to help connect a given word with its definition.