Articles by Carolyn Ross
July 25, 2013
Summer reading assignments and reading quizzes and book reports don’t teach our students how to be readers. They teach them that reading is a school-centered activity. That it is a chore. That they aren’t good at it if they can’t remember insignificant plot points. These assignments set students up to cheat, or to fail, and always to regard reading as a drag.
February 14, 2013
Teenage boys might be closed books, but the ones that they open are those in which the author manages to capture the honest-to-god truth about coming age.
October 24, 2012
Of the novels selected as National Book Award finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, Patricia McCormick’s Never Fall Down is the title that my high school students would reach for.
June 27, 2012
These kids may have entered my classroom in September as non-readers, but by this point in June every last one of them has loved a book.
September 16, 2010
The plainspoken pulse of The Hunger Games series doesn’t beg you to stop and savor the language. But I’m not reading Mockingjay for those reasons. I’m reading to find out whether the Capitol mutations bred deliberately to hunt Katniss are going to tear her to pieces before she manages to kill President Snow.