literacy teachers (which means ALL teachers 😉 ) stand to learn a lot from Margaret Atwood (of course – who else?).
today’s example brought to you by the current issue of maclean’s and the ontario elementary language curriculum:
“After so many books, she has learned that it is useless to try to point the reader in one direction or the other — they will take away exactly what they want to. “You’re not in control of how people read a book. They’re doing their own interpertation,” she says.” from Sister Atwood’s Travelling Salvation Show Maclean’s Oct 12th 2009 page 68.
Reading: 1. Reading for Meaning: Making Inferences/Interpreting Texts 1.5 “develop and explain interpretations of increasingly complex or difficult texts using stated and implied ideas from the texts to support their interpretations” from the Ontario Language Curriculum document (this example is Gr 7 if you’re persnickety)
consider how this does not discuss “the” interpretation but “their own” and “interpretationS” i love that freedom.