Friday, October 20, 2017

"Off For the Moon" SRA Reading Laboratory Brown 15 (1958)

Here is an interesting piece of space education ephemera. "Off For The Moon" adapted from Tom Corbett's Wonder Book of Space (Wonder Books, NY, 1953). Written by Marcia Martin and illustrated by Frank Vaughn.

Back in the years I was in school, SRA (Science Research Associates) Reading Library was a standard way to teach English and reading skills.

It has a fascinating history, described here:

I found one of the early reading cards in this series "SRA Elementary Edition 15 Brown." Here is the letter from the SRA publisher's office to the publisher of the original book at Rockhill Productions:

I really enjoy this early space story since much of the content (book was 1953) was becoming more likely with the rise of the Space Race.  It now does not read as fiction any more.

Each of these "cards" also had questions about the story the student had just read, including references to the "line number" where the answer might be found.

Just a delightful memory to me of reading through these cards in the 1960s and working my way through the "colors." Although I do agree with the final statement of the author I linked to above:

"The behavior I learned: burn through the cards as quickly as possible and once you finish the last color – was it purple? – the teacher shrugs and lets you choose your own reading."

1 comment:

  1. In the early 1960s I quickly worked my way up to Purple.
    As a reward, I got some training on a Tachistoscope.