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ERIC Number: EJ920602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Are We Postmodern Yet? Reading "Monster" with 21st-Century Ninth Graders
Groenke, Susan Lee; Youngquist, Michelle
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v54 n7 p505-513 Apr 2011
When the authors taught Walter Dean Myers's postmodern young adult novel "Monster" to ninth graders, they assumed the students would like the text, as its format and style resemble that of popular television crime shows. The authors also assumed the students would be savvy readers of the text, capable of understanding and integrating postmodern elements to make thematic connections. Yet, the authors' classroom research revealed that students were confused by the novel's format, and some students seemed to bring traditional narrative expectations to their reading of the text. In the article, the authors share excerpts from the students' online chat discussions to highlight where much of the students' reading confusion occurred. The authors end with suggestions for future teaching and implications. (Contains 1 table and 4 excerpts.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A