TEKS ELAR and other maddening matters with ProfessorNana
<ul><li>Could the doomsayers be right? Computers, they maintain, are destroying literacy. </li></ul>
The signs -- students' declining reading scores, the drop in leisure reading to just minutes a week, the fact that half th...
By contract, optimists foresee the Internet ushering in a new, vibrant participatory culture of words. Will they carry the...
Maybe neither. Let me suggest a third possibility: Literacy -- or an ensemble of literacies -- will continue to thrive, bu...
But whatever our digital future brings, we need to overcome the perils of dualistic thinking, the notion that what lies ah...
If we're going to make sense of what's happening with literacy in our culture, we need to be able to triangulate: to bear ...
It's not easy to do. But maybe there's a technology, just waiting to be invented, that will help us acquire this invaluabl...
 
So how are we doing? <ul><li>68% of 8 th  graders are below proficient level on NAEP </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer than 6% are i...
 
 
 
 
 
 
People are so desperate to raise test scores that we could well end up with a nation of kids who can pass tests but can ne...
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>In READING DOESN’T MATTER, </li></ul><ul><li>David Booth says this… </li></ul>
<ul><li>We  redefine  literacy </li></ul>
 
 
 
 
 
 
Response Relevance Rigor
 
 
 
<ul><li>Include a  variety  of TEXTS </li></ul>
 
 
 
<ul><li>Remember that the  story  is the heart of reading aloud </li></ul>
 
 
 
<ul><li>Help kids build strong  reading  muscles </li></ul>
 
 
 
<ul><li>Value the  response  of the reader </li></ul>
 
 
<ul><li>The 2007 Teens’ Top Ten is:  </li></ul><ul><li>New Moon  by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers...
<ul><li>Recognize the  ages and stages  </li></ul><ul><li>of readers </li></ul>
<ul><li>Unconscious delight </li></ul><ul><li>Reading autobiographically </li></ul><ul><li>Reading for vicarious experienc...
 
 
 
 
<ul><li>Focus on literacy in  every </li></ul><ul><li>subject/content area </li></ul>
 
<ul><li>Welcome kids into  </li></ul><ul><li>the  culture  of literacy </li></ul>
 
 
 
<ul><li>We need to make sure we are the ones constantly redefining the </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
 
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  1. 1. TEKS ELAR and other maddening matters with ProfessorNana
  2. 2. <ul><li>Could the doomsayers be right? Computers, they maintain, are destroying literacy. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The signs -- students' declining reading scores, the drop in leisure reading to just minutes a week, the fact that half the adult population reads no books in a year -- are all pointing to the day when a literate American culture becomes a distant memory.
  4. 4. By contract, optimists foresee the Internet ushering in a new, vibrant participatory culture of words. Will they carry the day?
  5. 5. Maybe neither. Let me suggest a third possibility: Literacy -- or an ensemble of literacies -- will continue to thrive, but in forms and formats we can't yet envision.
  6. 6. But whatever our digital future brings, we need to overcome the perils of dualistic thinking, the notion that what lies ahead is either a utopia or a dystopia.
  7. 7. If we're going to make sense of what's happening with literacy in our culture, we need to be able to triangulate: to bear in mind our needs and desires, the media as they once were and currently are, and the media as they're continually transforming.
  8. 8. It's not easy to do. But maybe there's a technology, just waiting to be invented, that will help us acquire this invaluable cognitive power.
  9. 10. So how are we doing? <ul><li>68% of 8 th graders are below proficient level on NAEP </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer than 6% are identified as advanced readers on NAEP </li></ul><ul><li>Compare that to the scores on state exams and we have a disconnect… </li></ul>
  10. 17. People are so desperate to raise test scores that we could well end up with a nation of kids who can pass tests but can neither read critically nor enjoy the act of reading itself. P. David Pearson NEA Today, 2004
  11. 22. <ul><li>In READING DOESN’T MATTER, </li></ul><ul><li>David Booth says this… </li></ul>
  12. 23. <ul><li>We redefine literacy </li></ul>
  13. 30. Response Relevance Rigor
  14. 34. <ul><li>Include a variety of TEXTS </li></ul>
  15. 38. <ul><li>Remember that the story is the heart of reading aloud </li></ul>
  16. 42. <ul><li>Help kids build strong reading muscles </li></ul>
  17. 46. <ul><li>Value the response of the reader </li></ul>
  18. 49. <ul><li>The 2007 Teens’ Top Ten is: </li></ul><ul><li>New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (Viking Children’s Books, 2006) </li></ul><ul><li>How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles (Flux, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum Ride: School’s Out – Forever by James Patterson (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Firegirl by Tony Abbott (Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde (Harcourt, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>River Secrets by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe (HarperCollins, 2006). </li></ul><ul><li>Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks (Chicken House, 2006). </li></ul>
  19. 50. <ul><li>Recognize the ages and stages </li></ul><ul><li>of readers </li></ul>
  20. 51. <ul><li>Unconscious delight </li></ul><ul><li>Reading autobiographically </li></ul><ul><li>Reading for vicarious experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Reading philosophically </li></ul><ul><li>Reading for aesthetic experiences </li></ul>
  21. 56. <ul><li>Focus on literacy in every </li></ul><ul><li>subject/content area </li></ul>
  22. 58. <ul><li>Welcome kids into </li></ul><ul><li>the culture of literacy </li></ul>
  23. 62. <ul><li>We need to make sure we are the ones constantly redefining the </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Terminology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Because if we do not… </li></ul></ul>

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