English 341: It’s Like This

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Picture by picture

Picture by picture

Before reading Smile, I had no experience reading graphic novels. I just thought comic books were the only things that had frame by frame pictures, and I wasn’t about to sit down and read a comic book. I was pleasantly surprised by how the book read. I found myself looking at the pictures first and then reading the story, it was such a fun and easy read. Even though it gave you the pictures there were still parts where you could use your imagination and add in your own ideas. I feel like graphic novels are a great way for students who don’t particularly enjoy reading to see how fun it can be, because reading with pictures is still reading! I will definitely be using them in my classroom.

Crossover

Crossover

I am reading The Crossover for my verse book. This book is so interesting, I have never read a verse book before. It was a much easier read because it reads so quickly. The short lines and quick sentences are fun to read. Surprisingly you can get a lot of thought and emotion through writing like this, this was the most interesting part about the book to me. The way this book is written, not just in verse but also the style the author used was great. There were so many basketball terms, or just slang that I had never heard before. To help the readers understand, the author would put the word at the top of the page and define it as well as give examples of what it means. I would use this book in my class for older students. It is a great example of how its not boring to write poetry.

Cento:

Each evening we want for the first light of the last fireflies, catch them in jars.

I am so scared. My heart is beating like crazy and I am having trouble breathing.

I knew one day I’d need my own wings to fly.

A Diary for Everyone

A Diary for Everyone

I am reading Diary of a Whimpy kid series. Sadly, I never read these books when I was younger but I used to babysit these twins and they loved these books. They heard about them from their teacher. I read some of the first book with them before we saw the movie, they were so excited to see the movie. It was special to them because they had read a cool story that was then going to be on the big screen and they already knew what was going to happen. I think it made them feel important. When I went looking for a book in this series I wasn’t sure which one I should choose, since there are so many.

Just by random selection I chose the Third Wheel, which is actually one of the newer books in this series. I have really enjoyed reading this book. It is bringing me back to when I was a kid and loved reading Junie B. Jones books. Its such an easy and interesting read. I can see why it is such a popular kids book. The main character of the book is Greg Heffley, the whole book is written like a diary of his daily life. On most of the pages diary-of-a-wimpy-kidtheir are black and white drawing and something happening on the page. The way they are drawn looks like something out of a real diary. Most of the things that happen to Greg throughout his stories are exaggerated but easy to relate to. Such as in this book from the series Grey’s weirdo Uncle has to come live with him and all he does is sleep on the couch and use all the bubble bath. Or during school Grey is starting ballroom dancing in P.E. There are more boys than girls so he ends up getting paired with a boy after bribing his teacher with a half eaten candy bar, not to pair him with a weird girl. I have found myself chuckling and even laughing out loud while reading. As a future teacher I hope to watch my students find the same joy in reading.

This experience of reading a children’s book was wonderful for me, before this class it hadn’t really crossed my mind that I should read these books so I can suggest them to my students. By reading all sorts of children books I will have a better idea and more suggestions when a students comes to me looking for a recommendation. I want to be able to recommend a good and interesting book for them to help guide them to becoming Wild Readers. I want to have all different types and genres of books under my belt. This would definitely be a series I would suggest to any of my students, its very relatable.

Reading Wildly

Reading Wildly

The Miller text had many insightful ideas, one that really resonated with me was the idea that wild readers are those who incorporate reading into their personal identities. Those people who don’t have to think about reading, they just sit down and do it because its a normal part of their day or routine. Miller also spoke about how in her classroom all her students were readers because she made that environment but once they left the class some of them didn’t stay that way. As a future teacher I want all my students to want to read and look forward to it because I know it took me a long time to love to read. I know it is not easy to want to read if you are being forced, so I want to teach my students that reading is wonderful. I hope I can inspire my students to be readers and they can continue on in life as wild readers.

Hi! Im Alex

Hi! Im Alex

My name is Alex Bungay, I am from Sacramento originally. I have lived in chico for 2 1/2 years now and I love it. This is my last semester! I have decided that I need a break from school for a semester so I am not going straight into the credential program. I don’t want to already be over school when I start a new program. I am currently working at Dutch Bros here in chico and I love it.

A reader to me, is someone who takes time to sit down and thoroughly enjoy a book on a regular basis. We read every day but reading a sign or even a text book, to me, does not make you a reader. Having the thirst and drive to sit and then actually finish a book is who I would consider a reader to be.