Adolescent Literature

Creating Readers

As an English Langauge Arts teacher, we want every student that enters our classroom to love books and love to read. While this would be the ideal classroom, it is not a reality. For numerous reasons, some students just do not like to read and that is okay! It is part of our duty to influence students to find pleasure within their books. This is what I looked into this week, ways to get students to read and become lifelong readers.

Something we have already talked about in this class is book talks. These are great tools just because they do not take very long to do and they allow students to be exposed to titles they might not have seen or thought of as interesting. When I eventually get my own classroom, I want to use book talks every day but I want students to start joining me and talk about what they have read and influenced their peers to read along. This can be very helpful in creating a reading community within our classroom.

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Image from Abby

The Pushy Book Handler as it is called in 6 Simple Ideas to Get Kids to Read, is a concept that I think every teacher should do but rarely do. By handing students books that they think they will like, a lot of preparation is required. When you hand someone a book, your intent is to have them read it and like it as much as you did. In order to do this effectively, we must first understand the type of reader the recipient is. Every student is going to be different in what they like and dislikes in their books. Even I am going to have different preferences from my students. An idea from previous readings in my education talk about keeping a journal loaded with students likes and dislikes. Even keeping track of what a student reads can lead to some connections and eventually some recommendations of types of books the student will enjoy.  This is not required of every teacher to do but it does help with the goal to get every student to become a reader.

The final thing I want to talk about is classroom libraries. Something that really stuck with me is the importance of having a classroom library in every classroom, not just the English room. It is so important to surround students with books because it will allow them to be attractive to them. When surrounded by books, our natural curiosity is peaked and we want to look at them.

Adolescent Literature

#IMWAYR 4.1.19

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Happy Monday!

This week I read three YA books.

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 12.53.20 PM.pngBooked is about a young soccer player named Nick Hall. At the beginning of the book, we find out that he is a very skilled soccer player and his best friend is as well. The only problem is that they play on different teams. Nick also develops feelings for one of his classmates named April. At home, Nick’s family starts to have some problems that lead them to get a divorce. Later on in the book, Nick is injured in a soccer game so he has to deal with his injury, his crush, and his family that is falling apart. This book was very fun to read because it is a verse novel that includes definitions of difficult words with a little comedy in them. I forgot to say that this is the second book to Crossover but it does not follow the same people. However, I would recommend this book to anyone. I am not really into sporty type books but the story of Nick and his struggles is what kept me going.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 12.52.55 PM.pngPersepolis is a graphic novel about a young girl growing up in Iran after the Islamic Revolution. The book was outside my comfort zone because it has a lot of issues that I never knew about. I really liked it because it opened my eyes to all of the struggles that these people had to deal with. I would recommend this to anyone because it is such a powerful graphic novel that really makes you think about the world and struggles of people in other countries.

Persepolis 2 by Marjane Satrapi

Screen Shot 2019-04-03 at 12.53.04 PM.pngPersepolis 2 is about the same girl in the first Persepolis only this time she is an adult. SPOILER: at the end of the first Persepolis, Marjane leaves Iran so now she is working towards finding her identity and going through adult things as a woman from Iran. These include prejudices, first loves, being away from family, finding friends, and much more. For me, this was not as emotional as the first one but I related to this one more because I have gone through some similar things. With that said, I could feel for her more when imagining myself dealing with the prejudices that she had. I would recommend this to anyone because it really finishes her story from the first one. It gave me some conclusion that the first one did not.