We just started our new semester a week ago. Last Monday I told the students to race to the bookstore and get the novel we are reading for Composition I. It’ s Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok; I had success with when teaching Freshman Composition at Kingsborough Community College.
On Wednesday, we met for class again. Kadeem came up to me and said, “That was a great book, Professor” to which I replied, “Oh, you mean the first chapter?” (the assigned reading for the night), and he said, “No, that was a great book, I read the whole thing.”
A teacher’s dream. Honestly.
Kadeem came by my office hours today to talk about his first reader response essay and I had three new immigration books to offer him. I am going to feed this kid books. I figured I would first feed him books that pertain to our topic of study, and once I give him one that gets a “Meh” response I’ll feed him some other literature. This student LOVES to read. I knew this because we had talked about it before, but I didn’t really believe him 100% because he hadn’t demonstrated his reading prowess (or any interest, really) in class. But now he has. And now I will become an insane book-loaning machine.
I’ll let you know how it goes.
His second choice was Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. He chose that over The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Dandicat.