Literacy and Me

YES, I love memoirs. It was not until recently, this past spring, that I really got into them. In order to expand my own “sense” of the genre, I required my Advanced Writing Class, Spring 2020, to do a “Memoir Project” for 30% of their course grade. (I am so blessed to pretty much get to write my own curriculum as long as I include the requirements of the course.) My students were all juniors and seniors at the university where I teach, but I was shocked to discover how few of them had read a whole book in their entire lives! Since many memoirs are thin books, I thought it was a good place to start.

First, they were to choose and read a memoir–yup! the whole book. They received 10 points just for doing that, and I did it on the honor system. Then, 10 points for writing…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus 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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