Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 24, 2008

Aurora the Reader?

Filed under: Articles for Class — sostrom @ 2:15 pm

There were two points from Honor Moorman’s case study of Aurora that I want to highlight.  First, Aurora’s simple yet sage advice to Moorman when asked, “So what advice would you give teachers who want their students to like reading?” Aurora suggests: “…everyone should talk about their books. […] Teachers should find out more of what their students are about — what they like and things they do.  So […] if they want to help the student find a book, it would kind of relate to the student” (12). 

I know we’ve talked about the importance of relationships and knowing your students, but here is a student’s voice giving us this advice.  We are not teaching books – we’re teaching people.

The other point I want to take up is Aurora’s resistance to being labeled a “reader.”  Even with successful reading experiences, and even when questioned by the teacher who led her to this success, Aurora resists the label.  Why do you think Aurora doesn’t identify herself as a reader?  Do you think it’s important for students to view themselves as readers?  Can students be successful English students if they don’t identify themselves as readers?  Looking forward to our discussion.



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