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November 22, 2010

NCTE: Gary Paulsen Speaks...For a While

Live from the National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, Orlando Author Gary Paulsen spoke at Saturday's ALAN—Assembly of Literature for Adolescents—breakfast. He likes to talk and spoke for almost an hour. There might have been a few eye rolls at my table and murmurings ...

October 25, 2010

Will Students Remember How to Read Books?

Ariel Sacks ponders the connection between memory and reading comprehension, and wonders how our increasing reliance on digital technology will affect it: There are so many things I don't have to remember, because they're readily available on the internet, through my phone or computer, that I won...

June 21, 2010

In Defense of Slow Reading

Earlier in the day I was speaking with our book whisperer blogger Donalyn Miller about reading. She's spearheading a book-a-day summer reading challenge for adults, which, by the way, has gone viral. In light of this, Donalyn mentioned University of New Hampshire English professor Thomas Newkirk's...

May 27, 2010

'Farewell to A Farewell to Arms'?

A new English curriculum in Nevada could eliminate the standard high school literature canon, and a number of teachers are not happy about that.

May 19, 2010

Arguing Skills vs. Content

Will Fitzhugh, editor of the Concord Review, warns against placing processes and skills above content knowledge in literacy instruction, saying that, in the manner of kudzu, they will "choke attention to the reading of complete books and the writing of serious academic papers by the students in our ...

May 10, 2010

Why Shakespeare Speaks to Struggling Readers

How is that a high school freshman who reads at the 5th grade level is picking Shakespeare more quickly than other students in his English class? His teacher, Epiphany in Baltimore, doesn't think it's a big mystery: I told him this was because he knows what it means to work at reading while he's...

May 05, 2010

Allington Responds to Critics

Our recent interview with Richard Allington on response to intervention has generated a lot of interest, including a number comments from readers taking issue with his views. I just wanted to note that Professor Allington has posted a response to those comments. (You may need to scroll down to his p...

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