Young Adult Lit/Crit

February 21, 2008

Conferences, Lit Circles and Discussion of Readings this Afternoon

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 9:15 am


I was able to meet with Joyce and Kari (enjoyed!!) yesterday in Syracuse.

Because time is tight before class, don’t hesitate to send an email before 12:30 today with some information about what you most want to talk about in the conf. That will help me help you.

I’ll make appts. with others of you for next week. If you want to get feedback today on any aspect of your work in the class, please also send an email or post to the blog. Thanks!!

Several of you have volunteered to facilitate discussions of the readings–Lesesne and F/J. Anyone for O’Donnell-Allen? (only if you are not in lit circle). Come with annotations and topics for discussion if you are facilitating these readings.

Lit circle participants–I’m going to ask you to consider some of what has become the conventional wisdom about lit circles. Read down through this Education World site if you are able before class. Harvey Daniels’ site is also worth taking a look at.

How might you integrate pedagogical strategies from O’Donnell-Allen, Freedman/Johnson and Lesesne into lit circle structures? How, specifically, would you do that? And why? Without, of course, commandeering the process for students who should have ownership over their lit circle conversations? Or should they?


P.S. Does everyone have the Crutcher books they need? Please let me know. K



  1. No, I don’t have a Crutcher book. I saw that we can go to Syracuse to pick up books that are reserved under your name, but if we reside at Cortland, can we get that via you? Thanks, Jess

    Comment by jexter1 — February 21, 2008 @ 1:02 pm

  2. I’ve got the Crutcher books.

    Comment by sostrom — February 21, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  3. Jess, what do you need? My only suggestion at this point is to scour bookstores. See what MANDO in downtown Cortland has of Crutcher’s.

    I wish you had talked w/me about this tonight. I didn’t read your comment until I got home from class. KES

    Comment by sunyprof — February 21, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

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