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January 22, 2006



Hi all! I always try to read anything my students recommend (especially if they are serious enough about it to actually bring in a copy). Last night, I finished reading the enthusiastically acclaimed Y.A. novel, SPEAK. Many students have talked about it with passion and sincerity and I finally had a chance to see for myself what all the buzz was about. It truly is an empowering book and I understand why so many of my alternative ed. students are attracted to it.

Looking forward to Thursday,
Jacqueline Deal


J, glad you read SPEAK. I chose INEXCUSABLE as a companion to SPEAK--you'll see why. Good to see you on the blog.

Did you sign on so that you can post your own content--not just comment on others? KES


I would like to start by saying how proud I am of myself for figuring this out.
Unfortunately, I do not read as much as I would like to. I TRY to read a novel every 4 weeks (as I require my students to do), but I often lag behind. Terrible role model. My latest reads are a few by Chuck Palahniuk, Nick Hornby, and Tom Robbins.
Jackie, I'll have to take your advice and read Speak - I own it, but most of the time a student has it.
I read and taught Ellen Foster for the first time. I thought it was fantastic as did most of my students. A sort of "coming of age" story if you will.
I just finished Oedipus Rex and Antigone with my seniors -- fabulous time :) and trying to get through Hamlet with my juniors. So mostly I read and re-read what is on the curriculum.

See you all Thursday,

Chris Johnston

Hello Peers and Professor,
I'm posting a comment, but have yet to receive an invitation from TypeKey/TypePad.
Um, I feel a little guilty saying this, but my Holiday reading had a practical subtext. I read a couple YA books (How I Live Now and The Rag and the Bone Shop) and a couple of books for Women of the Americas (When I Was Puerto Rican and Dreaming in Cuban) before reading a book simply for fun (Ha Jin's The Crazed - which, though chosen for fun, was anything but...). Right now, I'm reading a long profile of Ariel Sharon in the NYer. I figured I'd take a break from novels before the semester truly kicks in.

See you all in two days.


Chris, I wonder if you read the recent NEW YORKER piece on the gifted boy? Maybe last week or the week before? I'm glad to meet another NEW YORKER reader.

I will send another invitation so that you can post rather than just comment.



I did read that article. I found the disconnect between the child and his parents disconcerting. I wish the author further explored potential links between his intelligence and his depression (i.e. was he manic depressive or did his intelligence, coupled with the home schooling, etc, lead to over isolation.)But good stuff....

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