Young Adult Lit/Crit

January 29, 2008

ABC in the classroom

Filed under: "American Born Chinese" — sostrom @ 2:43 am


I guess my overall goal for this course is to be able to enhance my students’ reading lives by introducing them to literature they enjoy and respond to.  Which brings me to my question as a facilitator for our discussion of American Born Chinese: how do you see this book fitting into your classroom? 

We talked about students’ reacting to the n-word in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men either by refusing to read the rest of the book, or by discussing the effect of Steinbeck’s choice to use that word.   How would you prepare students for the stereotypes presented in this book?  How would you generate/moderate/facilitate discussion that would include students with varying responses to the material?  How would you handle reading this book with Asian students?  In short, how do we talk about race and racism in our classrooms?



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