Is the End of Reading Here?


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  • Hello, my name is Laurence Musgrove and I am a professor of English at Angelo State University where I teach composition, literature, and creative writing.
  • I’ve recently written a book called Handmade Thinking in which I share how I use drawing to help my students improve their reading habits.
  • I also give workshops to middle school, high school, and college teachers on how to use handmade thinking in their own classes. And some of these teachers have shared their students’ drawings with me.
  • Is the End of Reading Here?

    1. 1. Is the End of Reading Here?Laurence MusgroveDepartment of English and Modern LanguagesAngelo State #endofreading
    2. 2. My Contract: $1001. Feed me2. Let me sleep on your couch3. I’ll sell and sign some books
    3. 3. The End of ReadingTermination vs. Purpose
    4. 4. The End of ReadingI don’t think reading is ending.I think the purpose of reading is topromote individual liberty and to leadus to participate in and preservedemocratic ideals.
    5. 5. The End of ReadingHOWEVER,there are challenges to the reading.And some come from the place wherereading, liberty, and democracy shouldbe promoted most successfully.
    6. 6. can’tget into it
    7. 7. it’shard
    8. 8. don’tget it
    9. 9. it’sboring
    10. 10. can’tmake anythingout of it
    11. 11. can’tfollow it
    12. 12. doesn’tmove me
    13. 13. draw a pictureof what happens when you read#endofreading
    14. 14. Our ordinary conceptual system, in terms ofwhich we both think and act, isfundamentally metaphorical in nature.George Lakoff and Mark JohnsonMetaphors We Live By
    15. 15. Metaphor is a linguistic equation; ananalogy that compares two unlike thingsin order to better understand one or bothof those unlike things.• “You broke my heart.”• “I feel down today.”• “She makes my heart sing.”• “Call me when you feel up to goingout.”
    16. 16. We use metaphors to think and talk abouthow we read.
    17. 17. metaphorswe read bysee the handout!
    18. 18. reading is a bodily experience
    19. 19. despair
    20. 20. school failure
    21. 21. education = commodity
    22. 22. know-whatvs.know-how
    23. 23. consumption&control
    24. 24. resistance to oppressive experiencesin school may be goodeven though the consequencesmay be unfortunate
    25. 25. aesthetic experienceis not transferable
    26. 26. no one can reada book for you
    27. 27. reading is the cognitiveembodimentof individual liberty
    28. 28. reading is the cognitiveembodimentof identificationand associationwith others
    29. 29. the end of the teaching of readingshould be to provide studentswith free and faithful experienceswith books
    30. 30. reading is a private and public goodwhere we learnwith our entire human organthe privileges and responsibilitiesthat come with livingin a democratic society
    31. 31. choice in textsandchoice in response
    32. 32. Handmade Thinking:Drawing Out Readingworkshop on guided practicefor promotingreading engagement and comprehensionthrough drawing3:00-4:20 CPE#575
    33. 33. Is the End of Reading Here?Laurence MusgroveDepartment of English and Modern LanguagesAngelo State #endofreading