The following is an excellent piece about teaching, learning, and loving literature. It was a feature in the Sunday NYTa few weeks ago (April 20, 2012). Written by an English teacher at a public middle school in Manhattan, the piece conveys the relevance and engagement to be found in the right book in the hands of the least likely kids.
Read this piece. Think hard about the layers of meaning and the author’s intent. Compare and contrast this view of reading instruction to what you might have experienced as a student or how you may have conducted teaching literature as a middle school reading or English teacher.
I love to read. I love for kids to love to read. I love matching kids to the right piece of literature and watching them get swept away.
This is what it is all about. My hat is off to CLAIRE NEEDELL HOLLANDER. Read and be inspired, touched, connected, provoked, enlightened, or refreshed.