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Conversations in Literature — Workshop
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1. Responding
as Readers


2. Envisioning

3. Stepping In

4. Moving Through

5. Rethinking

6. Objectifying
the Text


7. The Stances
in Action


8. Returning to the
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Re: [Channel-talklitconversations] Workshop 2 Video Discussion

From: Jared Bloom <jtbloom1@optonline.net>
Date: Tue Jun 21 2005 - 10:26:17 EDT

My response will also be shot. I do most of my email on my blackberry, which does not lend itself to long emails. I am currently taking the learner.org courses for my own PD. Life is quite busy now as I am working as a teacher, a part time consultant for an English textbook and working on my PhD. The reason I point this out is because it shows just how important reading is in my life. When I am not reading I feel empty. In fact, I read in the oddest of places: walking, the gym, the bathroom, on my pda, on tape,etc. I do not think I could go a day without reading from a few books. It wasn't always this way for me. I did not always like to read non-fiction and school type books. In hs I would read for pleasure, but not for class. School just didn't seem important until college. I suppose this is how a lot of my student might feel if paired with the right book. Well, that is all for now. I look forward to hearing from all of you on your thoughts.
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From: Harrison Bourne <harrison.bourne@dresden.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 13:22:05
To:A discussion list for CONVERSATIONS IN LITERATURE<channel-talklitconversations@learner.org>
Subject: Re: [Channel-talklitconversations] Workshop 2 Video Discussion

A discussion list for CONVERSATIONS IN LITERATURE
<channel-talklitconversations@learner.org> writes:
>My experiences with literature in high school were NEVER about
>envisioning, getting to know ourselves better for the reading of it.
>Always the experience of reading led to daily quizzes for content/details
>and the final exam which contained one or more essay questions about some
>literary component like setting, tone, plot, characterization. NEVER what
>I felt. We never, in any grade, in any class, discussed the "issues" in
>the book and their relevance to our lives or others. I regret that and I
>am downright angry about that. What a missed opportunity.

>
>Class was conducted with discussion time. Typically the way it played out
>was that about five students actively participated in back-and-forth
>question and answer sessions with the teacher. The rest of us (me
>included) sat and listened—feeling marginalized and unimportant and
>ultimately resenting the reading of these books. And at the time I was a
>wonderful reader. I ultimately, however, didn’t "take off" with my
>present-day passion for reading until freshman (and following) literature
>courses in college. I remember looking at one of my literature professors
>my freshmen year when she asked a question like, "So how do you think he
>felt when she did that and how did that inform what he did next?" (or
>something like that to encourage speculative thinking).....and I thought
>first, is this woman a little bit crazy? And then thinking, whoa...this
>is going to be AWESOME! Suddenly the whole literature-thing came alive
>with possibilities. You mean you care what I think?
>
>How pathetic it took me going off to college to have my first "reader
>response" encounter with literature!
>
I guess I was priviledged. Part of the reason I teach English is because
in high school our classes were discussion-based, and the teachers tended
to stay out as much possible. Students argued about their varyng
perspectives on the text. It was very stimulating. I think the key here
is that most of the kids participated, and the teachers tended to be
quiet, implying that the students' thought were valued.

I guess at least you still enjoy reading, something some students never
get to experience.
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