What does it mean to be literate? • What is the role of literature, grammar, writing, and speaking in secondary English/Language Arts?
Readicide • Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can do About It, Kelly Gallagher • “The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools” • Test preparation has replaced novels, content-area reading, personal reading • Students can no longer, evaluate, analyze, synthesize: They cannot do higher-level processing in Bloom’s taxonomy.
Readicide • Proposes reinstating SSR: Sustained Silent Reading • Free Voluntary Reading • “Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Instruction” • Provides 101 books high school students love to read
A Few More Good Literacy Reads • Cultural Literacy, E.D. Hirsch • Foundation of knowledge all graduates should possess • To Read or Not to Read, 2007 National Endowment for the Arts • The Knowledge Deficit, E.D. Hirsch • Literacy Through Language Arts: Teaching and Learning in Context, Sharon Murphy and Curt Dudley-Marling • Articles and theory from past 25 years (middle school)
A Few More Good Literacy Reads • Effective Reading Instruction, Judith Langer • Deeper Reading, Kelly Gallagher