If Reading Were Simple
As accomplished readers, we probably don’t know how to read
without incorporating the language-meaning as we go.
But try this simulated experience--you’ll appreciate each element.
If Phonics were everything, then this would be something:
I bifor glantsiz whair to poot that,
mezhering ufecshunit iz.
If real words and grammar were enough, then this would be enough:
Before I glance where to put that,
measuring is affectionate.
We still need the whole language tree--we still need meaning.
One you learn how to do it,
reading is enjoyable.
Now we are making sense. Now we are really reading.