Would King be suitable for a reading class?

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William8675309

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I teach adults to read better and was wondering if you thought any of the King short story collections would be suitable to introduce to adults working on their vocabulary, reading rate and comprehension. So often the texts or short stories we use in class are just plain boring. I was thinking along the line of select stories from "Night Shift". King's early stuff that hooked me. It certainly would'nt be boring. I remember an excerpt from "Salem's Lot" in one of the GED books I used to use and thought that was cool.
 

Dana Jean

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I teach adults to read better and was wondering if you thought any of the King short story collections would be suitable to introduce to adults working on their vocabulary, reading rate and comprehension. So often the texts or short stories we use in class are just plain boring. I was thinking along the line of select stories from "Night Shift". King's early stuff that hooked me. It certainly would'nt be boring. I remember an excerpt from "Salem's Lot" in one of the GED books I used to use and thought that was cool.
Well, Stephen King does the most natural dialogue I've ever read, so if you want them to learn how to carry on a smooth conversation, I'd say yes.

And depends on the adult. If you've got a person who doesn't like profanity and assorted adult topics, they might burst into flames at Stephen's topics in certain stories. Just sit across the table from them and be prepared to tuck and roll.
 

GNTLGNT

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Well, Stephen King does the most natural dialogue I've ever read, so if you want them to learn how to carry on a smooth conversation, I'd say yes.

And depends on the adult. If you've got a person who doesn't like profanity and assorted adult topics, they might burst into flames at Stephen's topics in certain stories. Just sit across the table from them and be prepared to tuck and roll.
....this is very apt advice and I say "go for it"!.....
 

niro

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For me english is a second language and I remember when I read the Shinning that there was a lot of vocabulary regarding taking care of little children in it. So I would say go for it. Reading SK helped me a lot so far.
 
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I teach adults to read better and was wondering if you thought any of the King short story collections would be suitable to introduce to adults working on their vocabulary, reading rate and comprehension. So often the texts or short stories we use in class are just plain boring. I was thinking along the line of select stories from "Night Shift". King's early stuff that hooked me. It certainly would'nt be boring. I remember an excerpt from "Salem's Lot" in one of the GED books I used to use and thought that was cool.
I'd love to be in your class
 
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