Deep has an interesting re-direct to a series of posts reflecting on the art of the book review.
It reminds me of an issue I struggle with unsuccessfully year after year in my English classes: how to promote and assess outside reading.
Two things I remember about reading when I was in middle school:
- Some of the most memorable and influential reading took place at the end of elementary school and during middle school.
- At the same time, the frequency and interest at which I read took a serious decline. It was at this time that I only read books assigned for school. [Correction: I did start reading comic books voraciously, though].
Anecdotally, my experience seems to be fairly common. Is this a developmental thing? Is this a front worth fighting?
If so, it’s one I’ve found fraught with issues:
- How do I ensure students have actually read the book?
- How do I know students haven’t read the book before?
- How can I not kill the enjoyment of reading a book?
- How can I encourage kids to make personal and contextual connections to what they’re reading?
- If I’m going to asking for a book report, how can I ask for something that is more akin to a good book review and less a mere plot synopsis?
- etc. (currently in a brain clutch, can probably think of more later)
I’m toying around with the idea of blogs being a possible entree into this. Any suggestions welcome.
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