The Benefits of Letter-Writing, ‘Salt to the Sea’ by Ruta Sepetys
Worlds Awaiting - Season 1, Episode 22
- Jul 23, 2016 6:00 pm
- 28:25 mins
The Benefits of Writing a Letter (3:21) “Who actually still writes letters? You know – ink on paper. I mean, why would you do that? Today on Worlds Awaiting we’ll explore how old-fashioned letter-writing isn’t something we should give up on. Rachel talks to Kathryn Pole, professor at the University of Texas, Arlington, about a study she conducted with her kindergarten students where she tracked their progress as they wrote and exchanged letters with extended family members. During the study Kathryn observed that her students’ writing and reading abilities improved and family bonds were strengthened. Kathryn Pole is a researcher and teacher-educator for her institution’s Literacy Studies Program. Here’s Kathryn and Rachel.” "Salt of the Sea" (22:14) Next, Gene Nelson, director of the Provo, Utah Library reviews a book for teens called, “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys, a story of 3 young people during World War II whose paths cross en route to a ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff . Gene Nelson has participated on many local, regional, and national committees, including the Caldecott committee in 2000 and in 2010. He also teaches children’s literature classes at BYU.