New YA Literature

Time for my Fall posts of what I’ve read recently.

Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter,

Non-fiction par excellence. A gruelling tale of life in the foster care system in the south eastern United States.  You may think you can guess what the “three little words” are, but you will be wrong. Research says that without a strong sense of attachment to a parent, autonomy (strong sense of self), and challenge, a child is unlikely to develop intrinsic motivation.  By the time she was seven, she had been in thirteen foster homes. Ashley was extremely intelligent, held on to her love for her mother despite innumerable disappointments, and was able to maintain her strong sense of self in the face of abusive situations. What she achieved is nothing short of a miracle.  


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I am passionate about teaching reading and writing to a diverse audience from those experiencing challenges in reading and writing to those who seek deep enrichment in literature and its connections to the world in which it was written and to the present day. I also present workshops on assessment for learning, differentiated instruction, literature circles, disciplinary literacy, and inquiry.
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