A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts In high school my ninth-grade literature class was required to read Fahrenheit 451. The assignme...moreYOYA Code: 4Q 4P
A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts In high school my ninth-grade literature class was required to read Fahrenheit 451. The assignments consisted of daily take home reading, a daily reading check quiz and lecture based instruction. There was little interaction during class discussions, which gave me very little appeal to pick up the novel and begin reading. In fact, I zoned out during the majority of the class. I think I read two chapters from the book. Therefore, I have decided to read this novel to see exactly what merit it has in the English Language Arts classroom.
B) During Reading Montag, the main character is a fireman and his is job requires him to burn books. The reader discovers Montag enjoys viewing things change through the fire he creates to burn books and censor people’s knowledge. His ignorance is questioned when Clarisse challenges his ingrained beliefs by genuinely caring about people and discussing past events. Of course this makes him uncomfortable and mad. He begins to realize he is missing something and is not really happy. I find it contradictory and ironic a fireman’s job is to put out fires while Montag’s job title is a fireman who creates them. I am interested to see if Bradbury addresses this issue later. Either way, I think it is important to point this out to students. I wonder how Montag will embrace his quest to understand and question how to become happy and satisfied.
C) After Reading This novel is good but if I taught it in the classroom I would not require the book to be read in its entirety. In fact, I may introduce this novel in the beginning of the course to address the issue of the importance of learning and books. Faber ask Montag, “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality…and pores.” This is a perfect place for me as an educator to address the importance my class holds for their future. For example, I will tell them the experience and knowledge they will gain from discussing important topics such as censorship. This topic is constantly debated and familiar among students, especially in music. What should be censored? Who should make the decision? In the novel, books are censored, why? What is it people get out of reading? I would allow them to tell instead of me preaching to them. In addition, I would lead the class in a discussion regarding knowledge and ignorance. What role does censorship play in these two concepts? The questions do not seem to cease. I think students would enjoy aspects and intelligent discussions about themes in the novel, but I am not sure they would want to read the entire novel. And, is it necessary? (less)
A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts This book is by Laurie Halse Anderson the author of Speak. I recently saw her at a young adult l...moreYOYA Code: 5Q 5P
A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts This book is by Laurie Halse Anderson the author of Speak. I recently saw her at a young adult literature conference where she introduced her latest novel, Wintergirls. This novel is about a young girl, Lia. The reader is able to journey with her and experience her emotions through loosing her best friend, divorced parents and her battle with an eating disorder. I am excited to read this and already know it will be a success in a high school classroom.
B) During Reading
I like how the novel introduces Lia’s problems through subtle hints. The clues eventually allude to her having Anorexia and self mutilation issues (cutting). It is clear Lia is distraught and feels helpless and hopeless. Her parents are recently divorced and her best friend has died. When referring to years prior, she calls herself a “real girl.” What exactly does she mean by this? Does she feel dead? I wonder how she truly views herself? I am certain she compares herself to others and feels out of control. The novel has yet to unravel exactly what caused her diseases but I am guessing it is the feeling of lack of control in her life. Right now, she is trying to synthesize the death of her friend. She doesn’t know exactly what caused the death. However, she does know Cassie (her friend) tried to call her the night of her death 33 times and Lia refused to answer.
C) After Reading Definitely a must-read!!! This is an exceptional novel on many levels. Many teenagers are struggling to find out who they are and where they belong. Students are constantly trying to mold themselves into an image they perceive from the media and their peers as acceptable. On top of these pressures, students are dealing with parental issues, taking care of siblings, working, and other extra-curricular activities. With that said, I feel I hold an obligation as an English educator to provide students with a safe avenue to discuss these issues. If students are able to discuss these issues in a healthy and non-threatening environment I feel I have succeed. It is ignorant to think these students don’t have strong emotions that are worth being articulated and heard. However, most teens need the tools to express themselves in a healthy and productive manner. This novel allows a safe avenue for these types of discussions. In fact, one question I would definitely pose to students is this: Most teens today struggle with something. Do you agree with this statement? Explain your opinion. This is a way students can discuss personal issues they are dealing with, yet not having to identify it is their problem, rather a problem amongst teens in general. Any parent, teacher, or future educator should definitely read this rich text multifaceted text. (less)
A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts Most teachers in the secondary English Language Arts classroom that I have observed do not teach...moreYOYA Code: 5Q 5P
A) Pre-Reading/Anticipatory Thoughts Most teachers in the secondary English Language Arts classroom that I have observed do not teach plays. Rather, teachers tend to rely on the traditional novel and turn to Shakespeare when teaching a play. While I understand the benefits from reading a novel and teaching Shakespeare, I also notice the benefits from reading other genres from other authors. In fact, reading a play can be an easy way to bring the text to life and engage the students in the reading process. For this reason, I am going to read the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. I know it is a play about a dysfunctional family. I also am aware when this play was released (in New York, 1945) it received 25 curtain calls. I think it will be interesting to see how Williams incorporates and utilizes family dynamics throughout the play.
B) During Reading This is hilarious. The mother, Amanda is a nagging control freak and completely over dramatic. Poor Tom. The first scene takes place at the dinner table. Laura, Amanda and Tom are eating dinner. Or at least Tom is trying to eat his dinner. However, he cannot eat in peace for his mother tells him to chew his food and give his “salivary glands a chance to function” (6). Because of this constant hovering over him and directing him of what and how he should eat he leaves to go smoke. His escape. I found the beginning of the play interesting. It begins telling the reader that this is a play based on memory. This is something not normally done, at least back then. It’s like having an actor say there will be little scenery during my monologue. Then picking up a potted plant only to set in the front of the stage and continue on with his dialogue.
C) After Reading I had to teach this play a week ago and it was my first time reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed. However, what made this play so special was when my students actually said they enjoyed reading it. WOW! Total shocker!! Since the feedback was positive without me even asking if they liked it or not, I will most definitely teach this if ever given the opportunity. With this said, if not able to teach this play I will venture out to find some play to teach them in the beginning of the semester. I believe teaching a play in the beginning will allow students to feel more comfortable with future readings and get them motivated. What makes it different from reading a novel? I would allow them to act out the parts while I narrator. They love this! It gets them involved and engaged in the material. It also makes my life easier to know I’m not lecturing to zombies in a desk. The Glass Menagerie offers something to the students that sometimes other novels/plays cannot do. For instance, discussing the dynamics of a dysfunctional family, love, relationships, innocence, differences, the American Dream and responsibility. All of these elements are evident in the play. While these tend to be in some novels they are not displayed the same. For example, the ending is left open to interrupt Jim as a hero or villain. My students had a heated opinion about this topic and we actually had a great debate. Of course most of the boys thought he did Laura a favor, while the girls rolled their eyes when hearing this defense. It was amazing! Students can relate to the idea of “being a player” and that is what I played off of. Again, this is an awesome play to get the students involved in reading and class discussion. (less)
For anyone who is thinking about getting married, you should read this book. Dr. Smith helps you and your partner analyze yourself as an indivdual, ea...moreFor anyone who is thinking about getting married, you should read this book. Dr. Smith helps you and your partner analyze yourself as an indivdual, each other's separate beliefs, and what you expect out of each other and the relationship. She includes quizzes and prompt questins to help you and your partner anticpate the future. In other words, she helps you look beyond the Hollywood reason for getting married, ("We are so in love.") Defintely take a look at the book, it can only help you and your partner understand each other better. (less)
I have a BA in English and until this summer, I had never read any of King's novels. Yeah, I know. However, while I thought it would be mundane, it tu...moreI have a BA in English and until this summer, I had never read any of King's novels. Yeah, I know. However, while I thought it would be mundane, it turned out to be a very interesting read. This book had great vivid accounts of his early childhood. One account in particular deals with his babysitter and eggs. I won't spoil it, but I could empathize with this experience. I never expected King to have such crazy accounts. Although, it explains some lingering questions. I defintely recommend this book!(less)