Young Adult Lit/Crit

January 28, 2008

Filed under: Articles for Class — sostrom @ 3:53 am

I did a little searching and found this site which provides links and descriptions of several YA Lit sites.

I wanted to comment on the “Who Is a Reader Anyway?” article by Bronwyn Williams.  Overall, I think the article demonstrates the need for explicit instruction.  Williams’ last paragraph makes it clear that as teachers we need to do much more than assign a certain number of pages to be read.  What do we want students to look for as they read?  Do we want them to be writing?  Asking questions?  Making connections?

 I also think that there are important opportunities for students to learn about themselves as readers.  By this I mean not only what they enjoy reading, but also how they read.  What reading strategies are students using (and do they even realize that they are using them)?  Where do they struggle?  What do they read on a daily basis?  In the same way that we aim to make sure that our students enjoy rich reading lives by leading them to young adult literature that they will respond to, we want to make sure that they see themselves as good readers who can feel successful in their reading lives. — Sarah

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2 Comments »

  1. Sarah, thanks for adding the site to our YA Lit bookmarks and for your good questions about the Williams’ article. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — January 28, 2008 @ 4:08 pm

  2. I also wanted to comment on the articles for this week.
    First, I found it shocking that time spent reading is declining, according to the Rich article. While I commonly don’t see my friends and family members sitting in corners with books all day, I certainly know many “readers” and discuss the books they are currently reading with them. One of the most frequent questions I find myself asking is “What are you reading? How is it?” Later in the article, I found this fact: “Better reading skills were correlated with higher income.” I refuse to believe that low income families do not have access to reading materials. Prof. Stearns is constantly pointing to the internet as way to access books. I am a fan of the local libraries, in fact, I rarely buy books anymore. So I think two things are needed. 1. We must educate people about these free sources and 2. we must excite passion for reading at a young age. The second point brings me to the Williams article “Who is a ‘reader’ Anyway?”
    Of course, we are all readers. This article reminded me of Prof. Stearn’s “turtle story.” Long story short, its about finding a passion, or interest, for everyone. We all have things that excite us. If we can find areas of interest that excite our students, we can help them immmerse themselves in books, articles, poems, websites, podcasts, etc. about that topic. A method for building literacy and proving that we are all “readers.”

    Comment by allison — January 30, 2008 @ 2:59 pm


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