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ERIC Number: ED352679
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Reading and Writing the "Lived-through Experience": Examining the Developing Responses of Adolescents to Three Novels.
Kooy, Mary
A study explored the developing literacy response of adolescents through writing by investigating three characteristics: patterns, individual variations, and the effects of genre on response. Subjects, 7 grade nine students from a small private secondary school on the west coast of Canada, were selected for their wide reading experiences. Subjects read Robert Cormier's "I am the Cheese," Alice Childress'"A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich," and Ursula Le Guin's "A Wizard of Earthsea" and recorded their responses in a reading log. Reading logs were transcribed and analyzed. Results indicated that: (1) personal response, character and/or event analysis, sense-making, and retelling were the predominant responses for each novel; (2) evidence of individual variations in response emerged clearly; and (3) individual readers responded differently not only from each other, but also from one novel to the other. Findings suggest that the subjects engaged more personally, fully and knowledgeably in the literary experience and that the reading log is effective in enhancing literary response. (Four tables of data are included; a reading response log guide, a description of the categories of reader response, a list of response descriptors generated, and 35 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada