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David Schaafsma

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in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The United States
January 06, 1953

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David Schaafsma is a Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he directs the Program in English Education. He teaches courses in English teaching methods, graphic novels and young adult literature. He's the author of five books, and is a former editor of the journal English Education. He's published numerous articles on community-based literacy, but also increasingly increasingly writes fiction and poetry. He's the father of five children, and has five siblings living in three states. He lives in Oak Park just outside Chicago.

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David Schaafsma Hi, Marianne. It's an honor to hera from you! I found Charlotte Diary in Pictures" through my library system here in the western suburbs of Chicago. A…moreHi, Marianne. It's an honor to hera from you! I found Charlotte Diary in Pictures" through my library system here in the western suburbs of Chicago. A lot of the books I read are things I find in my Goodreads feed that people are reading and love. A few people had just read and loved her book, Life or Theatre? and I tried to get it, but no one in the Chicago area could find it for me. Yet. Will look again.

So I did see her Diary listed and I thought it was fabulous. My interest in it stemmed initially from the idea of a diary or journal in pictures; I am a kind of student of what people are calling now graphic memoirs, or comics memoirs, and someone named this as an early example of that, and I agree it is.

My interest in the Holocaust I think began with reading American postwar Jewish authors such as Isaac Bashevis Singer, Malamud, Roth, who led me to survivor literature, studies of the camps. I'm agnostic now, but when I first was teaching English in 1975 I taught Rabbi Chaim Potok's The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev to my Dutch Reformed high school students, and we looked at Life Magazine's pictorial of Hasidic life in Brooklyn to help us understand what I understood to be extreme religious devotion by the ultra-orthodox Jews there. I was, after all, teaching ultra-orthodox Christians who were also struggling, as Asher Lev was, with how to live IN the world and yet not OF the world.

I would love to read Aftershocks and am going to read it, as soon as possible, so I can have the honor of talking with you about it. Again, I am thrilled you contacted me; I will read it!(less)
David Schaafsma Jon, I am going to answer this question, but I am going to look through my books first... I love this kind of question, and will take it seriously...
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Eating on the Street: Teaching Literacy in a Multicultural Society (Professional & Technical)
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Description: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993 hardcover, 1994. A story I tell about teachers telling stories about working with middle school kids in Detroit (at Dewey Center Community School) in the late eighties (writing) and telling stories about community members telling stories... Community-based writing project.
On Narrative Inquiry: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research. (Professional & Technical)
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Description: Schaafsma, David and Ruth Vinz, with Randi Dickson, Sara Brock and Nick Sousanis. On Narrative Inquiry: Approaches to Language and Literacy Research. New York: Teachers College Press, 2011. A book about English (education, comp?) qualitative research methodology, accomplished primarily AS a story...
Jane Addams in the Classroom (Professional & Technical)
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Description: An edited collection of essays by teachers and teacher educators that illustrates the relevance of the work of Jane Addams to today's classroom. University of Illinois Press, 2014.
Literacy and Democracy: Composition Studies and Literacy in Search for a Habitable Space, Further Conversations from the Students of Jay Robinson. (Nonfiction)
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Description: Urbana: NCTE, 1998. Cathy Fleischer and David Schaafsma, eds. A book about approaches to literacy and comp grounded in the social, in community, in the world, written in loving tribute to their teacher and diss director Jay Robinson (author of Conversations on the Written Word and others). Jay's article is the best one in it.
Language and Reflection: An Integrated Approach To Teaching English (Nonfiction)
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Description: Textbook for English Education which asserts that it matters what you believe when you teach, and presents models or examples for how to think about teaching from various perspectives. New York, MacMillan, 1992. Won NCTE's Richard Meade Award in 1993. Co-authored by Gere, Anne Ruggles, Colleen Fairbanks, Alan Howes, Laura Roop, and David Schaafsma
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message 29: by David

David Schaafsma Cathy wrote: "Merry Christmas David and thanks for goodreads friendship." The same to you, Cathy! :)


message 28: by Cathy

Cathy Merry Christmas David and thanks for goodreads friendship.


message 27: by David

David Schaafsma David wrote: "Ted wrote: "David, what genre was that that you and your family were reading all the candidates for the GR book awards?"
Picture Book"
And I can help you by compiling--soon--my/our favorites, but A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
by Lucy Ruth Cummins was our top favorite. I finally found for Ida, Always, because the lion book was out of the running. I liked Klaasen's Hat book, but the kids liked it less.


message 26: by David

David Schaafsma Ted wrote: "David, what genre was that that you and your family were reading all the candidates for the GR book awards?"
Picture Book


message 25: by Ted

Ted David, what genre was that that you and your family were reading all the candidates for the GR book awards?


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David Schaafsma Majenta wrote: "Good evening, David! Friend Request accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on all your publishing success! I hope this has been a good week for you, that you'll have a nice weekend, and t..."
Thanks for accepting my request, and glad to now know what you are also reading. And thanks for all the wishes! I hope you also have a terrific weekend.


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Majenta Good evening, David! Friend Request accepted, thanks for Requesting! Congratulations on all your publishing success! I hope this has been a good week for you, that you'll have a nice weekend, and the week ahead will be...even better! (And the week after that, and the week after that, and the week after that....) Be blessed!

Best wishes from Majenta


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David Schaafsma Melki wrote: "I guess finals are over by now. Enjoy your summer!"
So nice of you to say! I wish you the same, a terrific summer! Keep reading and reviewing. You make me happy!


message 21: by Melki

Melki I guess finals are over by now. Enjoy your summer!


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David Schaafsma Matthias wrote: "Thank you for accepting David! I see you teach Young Adult Fiction? That's very interesting, I never figured that was a seperate course, but it makes sense now that I think of it. Looking forward t..."
Well, the Young Adult Literature course is a typical one for the preparation of English teachers in a lot of universities and colleges. I have been teaching it for maybe 15 years, but haven't been reading that much of it lately. Mostly comics. Will next year, maybe. Oh! And this summer I will teach a course on Young Adult Graphic Novels, just to try something different.


Matthias Thank you for accepting David! I see you teach Young Adult Fiction? That's very interesting, I never figured that was a seperate course, but it makes sense now that I think of it. Looking forward to reading your reviews!


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David Schaafsma Jonathan wrote: "I saw you liked my status on the book about pursuing a further academic studies in Humanities! If you want to find a way to sneak me into an assistantship program at UIC....*wink wink nudge nudge*"

well, I am glad to help you in any way I can. Let's talk!


Jonathan I saw you liked my status on the book about pursuing a further academic studies in Humanities! If you want to find a way to sneak me into an assistantship program at UIC....*wink wink nudge nudge*


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David Schaafsma Thanks for the link to Lee, Ted. And thanks for the reminder to read the Wittgenstein novel I had initially intended to read. Just ordered it, finally!


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Ted Thanks for the friend request, David. I'm always pleased to connect with a prof. You might be interested in one of my friends, Lee Klein. This is his regular GR page, I believe he also has an author page. https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/9...
(I don't think he's a prof, but he's a learned reader and an interesting writer.)


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David Schaafsma I will have a more education-oriented year, now that I am going off sabbatical. I have followed Kozol for years, one of the greats.


message 13: by Karan

Karan Bajaj Hi David ... thanks for connecting! Good to meet a fellow Kozol fan ... amongst many other titles!
Karan


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David Schaafsma Fatty wrote: "Thanks for connecting, David, and a happy new year to you! :) That's the largest collection I've seen on this site. Incredible!"

Well, I read a lot, like many on Goodreads, but I have recently taken to recording and writing reviews of EVERYTHING, kind of like an autobiography through reading. I don't know why, exactly. I just am enjoying it. Not many people read my reviews, so I just write for myself, mainly, but am glad to connect to you and anyone through books!


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David Schaafsma Fionnuala wrote: "I think we have some books in common, David - but a passion for reading definitely, judging by your large quantity of 'read' books!"

Well, I am getting older, an English major who became an English prof, so the books I have read.. they'll accumulate. Honestly, I am sure there are many more unrated. Things in areas I have read I just haven't thought of. But that's not bragging. Just saying that if you read your whole life, you will have read a lot of books! I still have a passion for reading, no question! Glad to begin to get to know you!


Fionnuala I think we have some books in common, David - but a passion for reading definitely, judging by your large quantity of 'read' books!


message 9: by David (last edited Aug 07, 2015 01:03PM)

David Schaafsma it seems like gravity's rainbow was actually a really fun (albeit difficult) launching point!
Well, Jonathan, Gravity's Rainbow is one difficult book with so much richness in it. The most difficult book we read (started) in that Postwar American Fiction class, for sure (though Lolita might have been a match for sheer complexity). In Slow Learner you get how he was getting started, trying out ideas he would elaborate on for the rest of his career, so in that sense it is worth it to check it out..


Jonathan i saw you liked my one post/update for "slow learner", and it made me think of our course!

i appreciate that you kinda tossed us into the deep end of the pool and assigned gravity's rainbow. i'll never know if anyone actually finished it, but after doing these short stories and CoL49 (didn't care for it!), it seems like gravity's rainbow was actually a really fun (ableit difficult) launching point!


Jonathan Yikes, Goodreads didn't seem to notify me you responded recently. (...a month ago)

I've been really well this summer. Relaxing and gearing up for the upcoming semester and ultimately, my final semester. I saw you were reading some Roth currently, so if you got any recommendations from him, let me know. I've meant to read him for awhile now.


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David Schaafsma Jonathan wrote: "Professor S! How have you been this summer?"
"I'm good. Not teaching in this second summer session, so reading and writing a bit more… you?


Jonathan Professor S! How have you been this summer?


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David Schaafsma Nick wrote: "In the past, I'd typically hop on my computer (or now, more realistically, my phone) between 6 am and 7 am and go to the following sites, in no particular order: Facebook, gmail, reddit. Your profi..."

I only just saw this now! Hi!


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David Schaafsma Nick wrote: "In the past, I'd typically hop on my computer (or now, more realistically, my phone) between 6 am and 7 am and go to the following sites, in no particular order: Facebook, gmail, reddit. Your profi..."

Jane wrote: "Hi David!"

Hi, Jane! Do I know you? Either way, hi! :) Welcome to my Goodreads world!


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Jane Hi David!


message 1: by Nick (last edited Oct 21, 2013 05:28AM)

Nick Szewczyk In the past, I'd typically hop on my computer (or now, more realistically, my phone) between 6 am and 7 am and go to the following sites, in no particular order: Facebook, gmail, reddit. Your profile alone has managed to make goodreads usurp reddit in that rotation. I just don't have the requisite time to browse reddit these days, but I always have the time to read a review or two... :)

(Just a random thought, as I'm currently on, and there's not a 6:30 am review for me to read for a change. sadness.)


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