For our final class, we’ll discuss individualized reading programs and your favorite reading from the semester. To prepare for class, please read the article titled “Collected Wisdom: The Best Articles Ever Written on Young Adult Literature and Teen Reading.” (This link takes you to JSTOR, so you’ll either need to be on the university wireless, or you’ll need to sign in.) Then choose one of the 25 articles that are listed to read and be prepare to discuss it in class. You’ll see that we’ve read a few of the pieces listed in this article, so please don’t select one of those. Be sure you read one that you haven’t read, or at least one I know you haven’t read (keep in mind that we read some in the methods class, and in case you’ve forgotten, I’m also the teacher of record for that class).
We’re also going to talk about individualized reading programs and how to best implement them in a secondary classroom. This will include starting with interest surveys and ending with ideas for assessments (ones that don’t include a book report). What I would like for you to think about is how you would like to be assessed for reading your independent reading book if you were in high school. Don’t tell me that you want to write a literary analysis. Think like a 15-year old who just read a book that he or she couldn’t put down. How would you want to let your teacher know that you read it? Then, come to the class with ideas for implementing an assessment that would achieve this.
Finally, I’d like to end the final class (before the big exam, so don’t think I’m canceling the final) discussing the highs and lows of what we read throughout the summer. I want to hear from you (yes, on this blog first) about which books I should keep on the list and why. Or tell me which ones have turned you on to a specific author or genre. Or maybe you have suggestions of novels and/or authors that might better represent the genres we covered (Lisa, I’m thinking of you).
So, you have 3 action items to complete before our next class:
1. Read one of the 25 articles listed in the above piece and be prepared to discuss what the article is about and share your general thoughts.
2. Bring an assessment idea for independent reading that you think captures how you’d like your teacher to know that you read a book of your choosing.
3. Respond to this blog post with what your favorite novel is from this semester and why. If you’re feeling up to it, let me know which one you disliked the most (other than Period 8–I don’t want to have this conversation any more) and why.
I look forward to our last class.