HUSH, HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick: A Review by Savanna Sanchez

Literacy and Me

Literacy projects which count 15% of the course grade in my Advanced Writing class this semester is due next week.  We have a slide show and a video by two students who are presenting their personal Literacy Narrative. Others will be turning in signed contracts by themselves and other persons involved for establishing and maintaining Little Free Libraries and Take One/Leave One shelves at their places of work, apartments, neighborhoods and schools. A few will be turning in reports/descriptions of their projects which involve reading aloud to students on a scheduled basis at pre-schools and kindergartens. One girl is teaching her Vietnamese parents how to speak, read, and write English, which they have not attempted yet in spite of their being in the US for several years now. Their creativity amazes me, and their enthusiasm for this project (and my personal passion) has been overwhelming. I took on a few…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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