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Catherine Pelley

Reading Response Module 3

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Rationale for doing queer work in schools: dissertation excerpt:


            This article really helped me think about how I will address gender in the classroom. I have never really thought about how sensitive this subject actually is until reading this. I agree that schools should never single students out based on gender stereotypes (playing particular sports, wearing certain clothing, or simply acting a specific way.) To eliminate students from creating these stereotypes themselves, they should be taught from the very beginning of school that no one needs to act a certain way just because they are a boy or a girl. Heterosexual relationships should not be normalized. Students should be taught that people fall in love based on personality not gender. I hope that when I am a teacher I will be able to stock my library with books that represent characters who are heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and asexual so that my students can read about all different types of people and learn that differences should not be judged.

How Common Core’s recommended books fail children of color:

            This article really hit home with me. I have two half siblings who are biracial and often wonder why kids at their school don’t look like them. I thought that I could help them feel less confused if I read them a book that had a biracial main character. It was so hard for me to find a story like this, but as I searched, I found tons of stories with white main characters that have two white parents. As diverse as this country is, I was shocked at how few children’s books contain characters of a minority. It is important that students of all races are able to read stories about characters that are like them so that they can make connections and predictions as they read, but it is also important for students to read stories about people who are of different races so that they can broaden their knowledge and understanding of diversity.

            I was appalled to read that the Common Core State Standards has yet to add the multicultural titles that educators from all over the country suggested. The Common Core State Standards where put into place to benefit students so why have they not yet added books that would help to educate students about diversity?

Engaging African American Males in Reading:

            I read this article directly after reading the article above. I felt that the two complemented each other nicely because the previous article seemed to focus on students in younger grades, while this article discussed students in older grades. The commonality between the two articles is that they both discuss how literacy can positively impact the lives of minority students.

            Providing older students with books that address the issues that they are facing in their own lives can help improve their behaviors in and out of the classroom. Teaching lessons through literacy is beneficial because it is done in an indirect way that doesn’t make students feel like they are being singled out or disciplined.

Informing Our Practice: Modernist, Transactional, and Critical Perspectives on Children’s Literature and Reading Instruction:


            This article was very interested because right off the bat I learned that schools often choose programs that will help raise test scores instead of choosing programs that will best benefit students. Schools should choose programs that are interactive and fun, but that teach students the skills that they need. Literature should not be taught so students can simply pass a test. Students should learn from a very young age that literature is fun and interesting so that they become lifelong readers. If literature is always connected to tests and assessments then students will grow to hate it. Literature is such a wonderful part of education and students should learn to appreciate it as such.