Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 2, 2008

Blog Violations! or Getting the Word Out!

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 6:36 pm

I would so like to see comments from bloggers’ classmates here. It’s very difficult when class members post and often they receive no responses. This has been on my mind for awhile but I decided to address it this week since we have no reading obligations due on TH other than to take a careful look at Crutcher’s website again if you have already done so and for the first time if you haven’t gotten to that yet.

Being judicious in your commenting is fine. But solid commenting on some selected posts* is a key requirement of our course.

It goes without saying that we all look forward to reading the posts. I know we do more reading than we do commenting.

Too, I asked groups to post a slice of their author study discussion. To be able to clarify in a paragraph the essence of the essential understandings you want students to possess and questions you want them to investigate for any unit is very important.

The purpose of the author study was to encourage your reflection on a series of questions I posed including those that focus on critical literacy in relationship to Crutcher’s work. Groups took divergent perspectives on how they would answer the overarching question, “why do an author study?” And why do an author study of Chris Crutcher? Those perspectives are worth sharing. Thanks!! KES

P.S. Be in touch if you want to talk more about your project or seminar topic before break.


1 Comment »

  1. I worked with Erin and Joyce on the author study. As for the “why do an author study?” we thought that some authors (especially Crutcher) have a writing style or formula that follows in many of their books. Crutcher’s main characters are almost always boys, sometimes athletes, usually viewd as rebellious or outcasts by both their peers and adults. There is often an issue that this character faces, and with the help of an adult, solves. Of course there are the themes common to all of Crutcher’s works that our group read for class: bullying, (conservative) religion, race, sports and death/loss of a family member.
    Using the formalistic approach, we’d use Crutcher’s short stories to help our students find and identify the main elements of a story: protagonist, antagonist, plot, setting, themes, climax and rise and fall actions. We chose to implement a lit circle of a few of Crutcher’s novels, and due to the common themes among them, thought that these same books could be used for mixing up the lit circles and forming book clubs.
    The ending project of our author study was to have the students write their own short story, in Crutherian style. We liked this because it would allow students creativity while demonstrating thei knowledge of Crutcher’s works and the wriging process, and could result in a class anthology. Also, we could ask students how their pieces might differ if they did not write them as Crutcher would, allowing for a critical look at their works.
    I enjoyed doing this project and wish I could have heard the other groups’ ideas!

    Comment by ebrazee — March 3, 2008 @ 11:38 am

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