Rosenblatt & Smith: What do we do when we read and what does it tell us about the ELA classroom. Synchronous Class Discussion Board (Due by start of class on Thursday, 24 March 2021)
OVERVIEW: Our first two readings come from two very different thinkers. Louise Rosenblatt is an important literary theorist and educator, though during her long career she was known more as an educator and teacher trainer than a literary theory because it was 1930 and she was a woman--Happy Women's History Month to us all. Much of her work would be rediscovered in the 80s, when Reader Response theory (which we will read a little bit of), became a thing.
Frank Smith, on the other hand, is a psycholinguist. This means that he paid attention to the things that go on in the brain when we read. I will admit: Frank Smith can be a slog. It's dense material about what the eye and brain do when we are trying to figure out a text. But knowing this stuff can really help us problem-solve when it comes to what our students are experiencing as readers.
After reading our two selections, please post your 200-300 word reading journal to this prompt: Identify key concepts in both Rosenblatt and Smith. Identify the ways these two theorists are saying similar things about reading in general and reading in the classroom.
Be prepared: In class, we'll read each other's posts and respond. No need to respond to classmates ahead of time. Also in class, I will ask you, in small groups. to explain to me what happened to us as readers during our Gertrude Stein experience in class on Tuesday. No need to do anything with that now, just preparing you for what I'm going to ask you to think about in class.