Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Secondary School Topic: Re-reading Favorite Books

10-second review: Students brought to class favorite books from their childhood and/or elementary and middle schools.

Title: “Re-readings and Literacy: How Students’ Second Readings Might Open Third Spaces.” TL Lynch. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (December 2008/January 2009), 334-341. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: First the author asked the students—without re-reading the book—to write down everything they remembered about the book. Then he asked them to re-read the book and to write what they thought of it now. He gave a model of the essay format. The result? An understanding of how one’s reading changes with age and experience.

Comment: A lesson worth teaching. RayS.

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