Readings for Seminar

Required Reading:

Sanford, Kathy. “Gendered Literacy Experience: The Effects of Expectation and Opportunity for Boys and Girl’s Learning”. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Vol. 9 No. 4 (2005): 302-315

              This article examines the out of school literacy practices of middle school boys and girls, with a special interest in the types of activities that girls are participating in.

 Recommended Readings:

Alderice, Kit. “Chick Lit for Teens and Tweens.”  Publishers Weekly.  Vol. 251, Iss. 46. (2004): 24-26

              A look at chick-lit directed at teens and tweens. The article investigates what makes them standout out as a popular genre and how teen girls are responding to them.

Bayerl, Katherine. “Mags, Zines and gURLs: The Exploding World of Girls’ Publications”. Women’s Studies Quarterly. Vol. 28. No 3/4. (2000): 287-292

           A look at the various magazines, zines and gURLs that are available for teen girls and evaluates their relevance and significance.

Bettis, Pam and Mary Roe. “Reading Girls: Living Literate and Powerful Lives.” Research in Middle Level  Education Online.Vol. 32, Iss. 1 (2008): 1-18

            A qualitative study that looks at girl readers in grade 6 and 8 in the context of their experiences and the shifting meaning of ideal girlhood

Robbins, Trina. “Contempory Graphic Novels for Girls: A Core List.” Booklist, Vol. 100 Iss. 1 (2004): 985

              A list of relevant and contemporary Graphic Novels for girls. Also gives brief description and alerts librarian to any possible issues such as nudity.

Williams. B.T. “Girl Power in a Digital World: Considering the Complexity of Gender, Literacy and Technology.” Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Vol. 50, No. 4 (2006): 300-307

               A look at the online literacy practices of teen girls with a  focus on the power of culture to shape gender identities.

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