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YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2013/2014

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Learning to Love You More
by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher

 

YAL Presenter Unit 2013/2014

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2014, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Matt Dealy and Valerie Xanos


What makes this a good YAL choice...

We chose Learning to Love You More (LTLYM) because of its endless potential for self-expression and exploration, and for its focus on visual imagery. The book creates opportunities for deep, personal reflection to be shared with others. As July and Fletcher say in the introduction, the assignments are meant to “bring people together and to give them a new way to feel something.” In this highly visual compilation of artistic and written assignments prompted by the two authors/artists and completed by everyday people, the reader is invited to experience what it means to be human. LTLYM is an art project proposed by Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher to the world through a website and highlighted in this book. They have a list of 70 art “assignments” for people to act upon with instructions that are loosely given and can be achieved with or without skill. The responses to the assignments rely on thought, action, and creation to drive them. People upload their art to the LTLYM website where anyone can view it. The meaning of their art action is achieved through sharing. This contemporary practice mirrors the behavior of young adults who live and perform their daily lives in a visual culture that involves sharing their experiences through social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. But, do today’s students critically analyze and respond to these visuals? LTLYM causes the reader to pause and reflect on other’s visual and written responses. Students and teachers can easily relate to LTLYM and find meaningful connections through the art-making and writing proposed within the assignments — Matt Dealy

 


YAL Conference Workshop Description
Learning to Love You More - Curating Our Lives
Matt Dealy and Valerie Xanos, Presenters

In this highly visual compilation of artistic and written assignments prompted by the two authors/artists and completed by everyday people, the reader is invited to experience what it means to be human. The assignments are meant to "bring people together and to give them a new way to feel something." In this workshop, we will examine how visual responses to provocative prompts engage students' critical thinking and require them to make decisions about how they want themselves, their artwork or their writing to be interpreted. Using the disciplinary literacy strategy of a Close Read, we will explore how reading visual images as texts is a skill supported by the Common Core State Standards. We will focus on the critical thinking skills of observation, developing metaphor, creation of new strategies and ideas, self-correction and reflection. Dealy and Xanos will guide participants through the process of reading visual texts, creating visual imagery and learning how to use curation as a data source for understanding critical thinking. — Workshop Description for YAL 2013

Documents

Every Art, Every Child website – Close Read Teaching Strategy

Valerie Xanos’ Close Read slideshow: YAL 2013 Conference LTLYM Slideshow

The Close Read Technique for Learning to Love You More

The Close Read Form