Feed Them Books

girl in translationWe 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 becoenrique's journeyme 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.

4 thoughts on “Feed Them Books

  1. Pingback: Author Jean Kwok = Amazing | readwriteteach

  2. It has ended with him reading an additional six books this semester! He read Enrique’s Journey, The Namesake, Krik?Krak!, The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao, Little Bee, and currently has The Rage is Back. Actually–that’s SEVEN!

  3. Gave this guy Krik?Krak! by Edwidge Dandicat. He read Enrique’s Journey already. Love it. What else is your guy reading? Always looking for books that young men like. Miss talking books with you!

  4. Going thru that right now. we have a student who has difficulty adjusting to the classroom environment. but he loves to read, he will come to the library borrow a book and sit in class, his guidance counselors office and just read to remove himself from his inner and the outer chaos of the world. I love it and he refuses ‘urban’ teen books, ‘it looks too much like my life’. he prefers the furturistic, man versus machine or versus society stuff like hunger games,etc. we talk books, life and he is slowly picking new genres.

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