My First Love Encounter With Literature
In high school I had a literature teacher who, when reading a text would lift the words from the pages. He was not overly dramatic, but he had an intensity to his teaching that enthralled me. He made his students become a part of the action in the text. He made literature FUN. This teacher inspired me, motivated me and allowed me to be creative and imaginative. His words still resound when I am teaching. I hear him clearly in Henry V. I hope I can be to my students what that teacher was to me; a motivator.
I was able to connect with an excerpt from Hunger of Memory because of the love for books both the author and myself share. I left that excerpt rethinking the bases on which teachers limit the reading choices of our students.