Getting Beyond “Interesting” – Giving Students a Vocabulary to Discuss Their Reading M
Olga Nesi
We have all been in the position of having to offer readers’ advisory services to students seemingly incapable of verbalizing precisely what they liked about the last book they read and enjoyed. Plot summaries do little to clarify reading preferences and readers’ advisory governed by subject/topic is necessarily limited and can be misleading. (Twilight, after all, is a far cry from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, though both books are about vampires.) In this workshop, learn about the appeal terms work of Joyce Saricks and Neal Wyatt and leave with specific strategies, tools and lessons you can use to teach students how to clearly verbalize their reading likes and dislikes, opening up a whole new world of reading possibilities for them.
Olga Nesi has been the librarian at I.S. 281 - Joseph B. Cavallaro in Brooklyn, N.Y. for nine years. For the past three years she has also been an adjunct lecturer for the Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. In a distant life, she managed bookstores for ten years.

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Handout: Appeal terms