Chapter 5 Summary

That evening, Gram tells James about the problems Maybeth is having in school. Maybeth's teacher is "one of those people who think that if you just work hard enough, everything will go your way." Everyone knows, however, just how hard Maybeth works, and that is why her teacher is mystified about why she still shows so little progress, especially in reading. The school system in Crisfield uses a whole word recognition approach in reading instruction; but for some reason, Maybeth cannot seem to remember the words that she sees on a page quickly enough to make sense from them, no matter how much she practices them. James suggests that it might be better if his sister learned to read by sounding out the words, and he promises to...

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