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A L S C Institute

  2. 2. WITH THE BOOKS ON THE TWO TRAIN BY SOME ANONYMOUS STUDENTS To the woman, we think you’re a teacher,
  3. 3. <ul><li>On the platform for the 2 train </li></ul><ul><li>you stand with a book in your hand </li></ul><ul><li>the pages open </li></ul><ul><li>Which is how you enter the train </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes you smile, or frown </li></ul><ul><li>Once you even cried </li></ul><ul><li>on the train </li></ul><ul><li>when you were reading Night </li></ul><ul><li>and a man sitting across the aisle </li></ul><ul><li>said he cried too, when he read that book </li></ul><ul><li>and we thought, </li></ul><ul><li>we want to read that book </li></ul><ul><li>so we did </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>And then you were reading all those </li></ul><ul><li>basketball books </li></ul><ul><li>by Walter Dean Myers </li></ul><ul><li>so we read those too </li></ul><ul><li>speeding along on the 2 train </li></ul><ul><li>one time you saw us reading Slam </li></ul><ul><li>and you said </li></ul><ul><li>I love that book </li></ul><ul><li>and do you think Slam is going to make it in high </li></ul><ul><li>school? </li></ul><ul><li>We do, we think he’s going to make it </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Then you were reading some really hard stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Epistemology of the Closet , Postmodern Narrative </li></ul><ul><li>Theory </li></ul><ul><li>and we tried those, but we think you have to have read </li></ul><ul><li>the books those authors have read, if you want to read </li></ul><ul><li>their books </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Our favorite is when you are reading poetry </li></ul><ul><li>Picnic , Lightning </li></ul><ul><li>and you lean back against the seat </li></ul><ul><li>and smile </li></ul><ul><li>and keep reading the same page </li></ul><ul><li>again and again </li></ul><ul><li>we do that now and it’s really nice </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Last week you were reading The Life of Pi </li></ul><ul><li>and we rushed out to buy it </li></ul><ul><li>So we could be in the lifeboat </li></ul><ul><li>adrift in the blue, blue sea </li></ul><ul><li>with the boy, the Bengal Tiger, and you </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>If we don’t see you next year </li></ul><ul><li>on the train </li></ul><ul><li>Maybe sometime we’ll bump into each other on the </li></ul><ul><li>platform </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll know us because </li></ul><ul><li>we’ll have books in our hands </li></ul>
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  8. 8. “ 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
  9. 9. Close your eyes (yes… close your eyes) and take a moment to think back on… <ul><li>A HAPPY MEMORY FROM WHEN YOU WERE 10 YEARS OLD </li></ul><ul><li>A SAD MEMORY FROM WHEN YOU WERE 11 YEARS OLD </li></ul><ul><li>AN EMBARRASSING MEMORY FROM WHEN YOU WERE 12 YEARS OLD </li></ul><ul><li>A GREAT MEMORY FROM WHEN YOU WERE 13 YEARS OLD </li></ul><ul><li>A “TRAUMATIC” MEMORY FROM WHEN YOU WERE 14 YEARS OLD </li></ul>
  10. 10. Now take a moment to share one of those memories with the person to your right or left…. How different were your memories from the person next to you? They may have been very different or there may have been some similarities.
  11. 11. There is no one template for the tween. Some of this will apply and some will not.
  12. 12. So when I began to write a book about tweens and reading…. A TITLE SOME RESEARCH A LATE NIGHT INSPIRATION
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  14. 14. The naked child
  15. 15. The research? <ul><li>Vickey Giles </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Sue Gibson </li></ul><ul><li>Replicated study from 20 years earlier </li></ul><ul><li>The questions? </li></ul>
  17. 17. BEING ALLOWED TO CHOOSE ANY BOOK YOU WANT TO READ What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? K-12
  18. 18. Great topic
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  21. 21. HAVING A CLASSROOM LIBRARY What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? K-12
  22. 22. Language play
  23. 23. HAVING THE TEACHER READ A BOOK OR CHAPTER A DAY What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? K-12
  24. 24. Audio
  25. 25. HAVING THE TEACHER TAKE YOU TO THE LIBRARY What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? K-12
  26. 26. Two versions
  27. 27. HAVING THE AUTHOR COME TO THE SCHOOL What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? 6-12
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  29. 29. SEEING THE MOVIE OR TELEVISION PRODUCTION OF A BOOK. What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?
  30. 30. Coming soon to a theater near you…
  31. 31. BEING ALLOWED TO READ BOOKS WITH LOTS OF PICTURES IN THEM. What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? 6-12
  32. 32. Graphic Novels
  33. 33. More GNs
  34. 34. T-A-R-G-E-T Late night inspiration
  35. 35. T is for TRUST
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  40. 40. A is for ACCESS
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  43. 43. R is for RESPONSE
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  46. 46. G is for GUIDANCE
  47. 47. Humor Develops <ul><li>Basic, physical </li></ul><ul><li>Character and situation </li></ul><ul><li>Irony and Satire </li></ul>
  48. 48. Odd but true
  49. 49. Foul plays
  50. 50. Blogs and other stuff
  51. 51. Just plain fun
  52. 52. Politically incorrect
  53. 53. Juvenile humor
  54. 54. Food humor
  55. 55. Young at heart
  56. 56. Bathroom humor
  57. 57. Episodic humor
  58. 58. Funny poems
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  60. 60. Audio humor
  61. 61. Sophisticated humor
  62. 62. <ul><li>It is not very polite </li></ul><ul><li>to interrupt a person, of course. </li></ul><ul><li>But sometimes </li></ul><ul><li>if the person is very unpleasant </li></ul><ul><li>you can hardly stop yourself. </li></ul>
  63. 63. <ul><li>Most schools have a system </li></ul><ul><li>of loud bells </li></ul><ul><li>which startle the students and teachers </li></ul><ul><li>at regular intervals </li></ul><ul><li>and remind them </li></ul><ul><li>that time is passing </li></ul><ul><li>even more slowly than it seems. </li></ul>
  64. 64. <ul><li>The expression </li></ul><ul><li>“ Those who can’t do, teach,” </li></ul><ul><li>is a curious one, </li></ul><ul><li>because if you look at the world, </li></ul><ul><li>you’ll see that teachers </li></ul><ul><li>aren’t particularly worse than anyone else, </li></ul><ul><li>so perhaps the expression </li></ul><ul><li>might be better worded as, </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nobody can do anything.” </li></ul>
  65. 65. Playing with genres
  66. 66. E is for ENTHUSIASM
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  68. 68. T is for TWEEN APPEAL
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  70. 70. Who dun it? Reynie Kate Sticky Constance
  71. 71. New series Jonah Chip
  72. 72. Autobiography
  73. 73. Jaws
  74. 74. Trivia that’s cool
  75. 75. Math phobic?
  76. 76. Anime meets nonfiction
  77. 77. Web based text
  78. 78. Call out boxes