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Reading Report on American YA Novels

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Hill, J. (2007). Re-engineering the English Classroom, or Toward a More Supple Teaching Model. English Journal , pgs 67-70. Jeremiah Hill begins his article by drawing on a piece of literature done by Paul Graham. In" The Age of the Essay," Paul Graham points out that high school English Classes force students to imitate the work of college students, who are imitating college professors, who are imitating the classical scholars who helped to pull Europe out of the Dark Ages. The article is separated into three categories. Where are we now? Where should we be? How do we get there? 'Where are we now', deals with the current status of the English teacher, his or hers method of teaching, the students and their mindset toward the class. ...read more.


Developmental, economic and political issues; time constraints and simple adolescent contrariness each present challenges to this ideal. 'How can we get there', gives some guidelines to reaching 'Where we could be'. Because teachers lack the motivation to fight the struggle they tend to get cynical. This is the first blemish they have to rid themselves of. But, according to the article, the most important things to do are the following: * Recognize what's important about what we do, and what isn't. * Cross- pollinate * Cross- train * Create more interdisciplinary courses with the additional perspective of all that cross-pollination and cross-training. ...read more.


In looking for supporting views for my research, dealing with the value of contemporary literature, I came across this article. It was interesting to note that Jeremiah Hill shared certain views that some English teachers today would find revolutionary. It would take a huge wave of change before we could hope for a successful change of direction as Hill suggested. It's the 'where should we be' section that caught my attention. It sounded like such an unattainable goal but Hill made it appear possible by outline several steps that could take us there as English Literature teachers. The most important point that was mentioned again and again is that the teachers have to change the way they do things. They have to help bring about the change so that their students could model themselves appropriately. ...read more.

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