Literacy and Me

This is loosely based on and inspired by an outstanding article by Katherine Center in the   Pearland Journal, “You Can Fall Back in Love with Reading.”

What makes us, the reader, fall in love with a “really good book”? According to Center, “Really good stories make you feel alive…If a story keeps you up at night reading–that’s a great story.” She goes on to say different [books]can…meet different needs–at different times in your life.  Literary novels can delight you in their finely wrought language and [subtly]…A mystery can utterly absorb you in the process of solving a puzzle.  A thriller can make your heart thump with fear and then bathe you in relief.”

I think as a graduate Lit. major, I suffer from false “elitism” or what Center aptly labels “literary snobification.” As I read, the author “told” me to practice “desnobification.” And she spoke to my heart. Like…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

5 thoughts on “LOVE IT? READ IT!”

  1. Wonderful post, thanks for sharing. I loved reading aloud to my classes. We did so many activities to extend reading such as paper bag reports, dioramas, write the next scene or act it out etc. If reading is a chore, no one will want to do it. I hope i I stilled the love of reading in my students as well as my own children.

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    1. I know you shared your enthusiasm for and love of reading in your students! I can just picture what kind of creative, caring teacher you were (are?) What levels did you teach? We used paper bag “Biography bags” in my sixth grade Language Arts classes back in the 80’s. Oh my…memories!


      1. I am retired now. I taught in elementary schools (JK to gr. 8) and pretty much taught all grades. I was a teacher librarian for 5 years and partnered with many teachers for literacy programs as well as teaching students with special needs for over half my career. I miss the kids, not the paperwork and hassles.

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  2. My friend, Debbie (at Readerbuzz) had the same jobs/assignments you did. She retired yesterday (Fri.) and is headed for a vacation in Italy today. Your career is very interesting! Both of you are obviously very interesting, good people. I’m glad I know you both.


  3. p.s. Debbie also lives in the same town and is the one who got me to “touch” a computer for the first time back in 2013, started me blogging, and gave me the idea and motivation for my Little Free Library.

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