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I Know Why The Caged Bird Cannot Read

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Lupita Ramos

on 24 November 2014

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Transcript of I Know Why The Caged Bird Cannot Read

I Know Why The Caged Bird Cannot Read
Summary
Francine Prose describes why most high school students dislike reading in her essay “I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read.” She blames the education system for requiring students to read “middlebrow entertainments.” Curriculum is solely focused on teaching values through literature, rather than the literary value of the content.
Dialect
"Course reflects the equally romantic and tack taste (Gone with the wind, the fountainhead) of a later generation of adolescent girls"

"It seems miraculous that any sentient teenager would view reading as a source of pleasure.
http://www.heritagecollegeready.org/ourpages/auto/2010/10/5/49127814/CagedBirdCannotRead.pdf
S.O.A.P.S
Strategies
Ethos- She demonstrates her credibility by discussing her research on the subject and her position teaching college students, which gives her argument integrity.

Logos-She explains that if current students continue to read the same books, the unbreakable cycle of perceived “good” literature will be reinforced.

Pathos-She knows her audience has read and enjoyed the books she discusses, which helps bring her point across.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Cannot Read
By: Francine Prose
Middle-aged adults
parents
Audience
Purpose

To inform people of how the education system is lacking and its effect on young readers.
Subject
Required reading in high schools, types of literature read and how they are taught.
Tone
Condescending
critical
Francine Prose was born in April 1, 1947. she is an American writer as well as a Visiting Professor of Literature at Bard College. Prose graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968. She received the PEN Translation Prize in 1988 and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991.

Website used
"A roster dominated by robust survivors from the tenth-grade syllabus"

Ironic she talks about all these useless readings, while hers is like 4 pages long!! NO teenager is going to want to listen to someone rave about books they don't want to read.
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