Category Archives: teaching literature

Why I Teach Literature

I fight against the danger of the single story. We must read many stories that challenge other stories’ views of our world.

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Procedural Display and Fake Reading: My Story of Coming to Teaching Literature

I am the fake reader. I was a master of procedural display in high school. And one key version of this is fake reading. Procedural display is student behavior that looks like learning but isn’t actually student learning. Procedural display … Continue reading

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Continuing the conversation from our NCTE session

Our session was great. We had an inspiring conversation with the teachers who attended. They explored the tensions that surround our work with literature using the kind of honesty that we were definitely hoping for. We started out with introductions … Continue reading

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The “Intentional Fallacy” and other things that get in the way…

We have to start videoing what happens in our office. We had a three way conversation yesterday that will be impossible to replicate, but I will try to capture the essence. I was having a conversation with a colleague in … Continue reading

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Studying Literature in the Context of the 21st Century

Thanks to everyone who attended our presentation today at the Colorado Language Arts Society Conference. We really enjoyed meeting everyone and our conversations before and after were (are) great. Here is the Google Presentation we used today if you want … Continue reading

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Road Trip to CLAS Conference!

We will be presenting at the Colorado Language Arts Society conference this weekend in Golden. If you are on twitter, use the hashtag #tpgclas to let us know you are there and what is interesting to you! Our presentation is … Continue reading

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Story map homework breakdown 2.0

I wrote a while back about my daughter’s frustrations with the story map homework she had been given from her second grade teacher. I wondered why she was so paralyzed and unable to complete the story map that simply asked … Continue reading

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reading ruined already?

I’m sitting here helping my 2nd grade daughter with her homework. She is to complete three story maps, each on a book from her shelves here at home that she has read and knows well. This task has paralyzed her. … Continue reading

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Invisible yet powerful barriers

For the record, F. Scott and I have committed to posting SOMETHING at least once a week, even if it’s just a tweet (you can follow us on Twitter too–look over there on the right). F. Scott’s been tweeting all … Continue reading

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Procedural Display

I recently had the opportunity to attend a talk by researcher and theorist Kris Gutierrez, and she brought up an idea that I have been mulling over ever since. It’s a concept that has heavily influenced my teaching, but until … Continue reading

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