Karin and I are teaching an online course for YALSA called Reading with a Critical Eye. We have our students comb through literary terms and create their own glossary of sorts. But we wanted a way to demonstrate to them how to use these terms in a discussion about a work of literature. Many of our student hope some day to serve on a selection committee, and this course is a good first step to understanding how discussions proceed in committee work (or even in a book group).
And so we planned that after we had driven to east Texas yesterday, we would do our first video. We opted to use ELEVEN by Sandra Cisneros as it is a short work that would allow us to demonstrate quite a bit in terms of literary analysis. We set the computer on a table in our hotel room and just shot the two of us discussing the story informally. Overall, we are pretty pleased with the results. It is the first in what we hope will be many videos. We have already posted some older videos about social networking. We plan to do some shorter videos demonstrating how to analyze picture books, GNs, etc.
You can view the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSaYxeoQmxa8ECTkGO7TfOg
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