Daily Archives: October 10, 2007

On Rochester

Just to recap, I am taking Ray, Mandy & Jessica to Rochester.  We’ll meet in the parking lot by Old Main at 7:45 on Tuesday.  I want to make sure I have the correct address for our school….

Dan Drmacich, Prog. Administrator
480 Broadway
Rochester, NY 14607
(716) 546-6732

Dr. Stearns, if that isn’t correct, can you let me know?  Thanks.  -Sofia


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National Book Award Finalists in the YA Category

Here is the list. I strongly encourage you to investigate each of these titles and consider choosing one for your publishable essay. There will be a very good market for that essay. Once you look over the list you might see two titles that might work together to illustrate how to read them from multiple perspectives (2 at most). I will buy the books.

*I was glad to see Alexie on the list.


Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
(Little, Brown & Company)

Kathleen Duey, Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

M. Sindy Felin, Touching Snow (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic Press)

Sara Zarr, Story of a Girl (Little, Brown & Company)

Young People’s Literature Judges: Elizabeth Partridge (chair),
Pete Hautman, James Howe, Patricia McCormick, and Scott Westerfeld.

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Feminism Revisited.

I am excited about how interested everyone seemed in putting on a feminist lens. I thought class discussion tonight was great and a lot of meaningful questions were asked relating to what we, as educators, want our adolescent students to consider while using a feminist lens. I wanted to post the questions we discussed in class, in hopes that everyone will use them one day in future classrooms! Feel free to add more as you think about this lens.

1. What does the female character do in the book? What do her actions/behaviors say about our society?

2. Who sacrifices things in the book? What is gained or lost and for whom?

3. What plots are available to female characters?

4. How are girls influenced in the book?

5. Are female characters presented differently in texts written by men vs. texts written by women?

6 . How do female characters reinforce or resist certain social attitudes towards women? (Appleman)

7. What is the male gaze?

Also, I found this little activity very interesting in relation to the topic I presented tonight. How would you punctuate this phrase: woman without her man is nothing

Let me know! I will tell you how the activity unfold after people attempt it!


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