Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 7, 2008

Lesesne: asking questions & getting answers

Filed under: Uncategorized — jexter1 @ 5:43 pm

Hello All,

Where do I begin in the reflection of Lesesne’s first few chapters? I feel as though chapters 1-3 sum up the purpose and weekly discussions we had in AED 541 last semester with Professor Stearns. How true is it that we need to appeal to the interests and developmental stages that our students are at? Then there’s the very powerful statement made that, “we are not just the age we are now. Rather, inside us we keep all the years past” (Lesesne 14). Think about your favorite movie. Why is it your favorite? What is the premise, time period, characterization, setting, and so on? You will find that at some point in answering those questions, you can relate or feel for a character/characters, the movie or a scene from the movie reminds you of your own life, &/or the movie speaks the thoughts that you have yet to articulate yourself. We find ourselves intrigued by films that we can emotionally or intellectually connection to, thus reading has the same affect. This is the case for our young adolescent – young adult readers.

The greatest example I found is in chapter 2, when students requested to read Robert Munisch’s “Love You Forever” (Lesesne 24). Granted, the students chose to read this text, but the students and instructor discovered soon after that they were not at the emotional development level needed to “correctly” understand the novel. This observation proves that psychology and education come hand-in-hand when choosing an appropriate canon of literature. Perhaps a few years later the same students will pick up Munisch’s book, and find it riveting and heart-wrenching.

It is this involvement and awareness of one’s students that shape “at-risk” and “reluctant” readers into avid readers.



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