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Gordon Petry

English Instructor

Bradley University

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Bradley University

101 CGCC 1501 W. Bradley Avenue

Peoria, Illinois,61625

United States

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Bradley University is a top-ranked, prestigious, private university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students the opportunities, choices and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning expe...more

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English Teacher

Illinois Central College


English Teacher

Pekin High School


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Great ways to get kids excited about reading - News - Woodford Times - Peoria, IL - Metamora, IL

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However, according to Gordon Petry, an English professor at Bradley University and a former middle school and high school teacher, parents and teachers may find engaging children in reading, both inside and outside of the classroom, "Very tough to do."
"Find out what he or she is interested in and find books that address that interest," Petry said, "Encourage magazine and newspaper reading or short story collections, especially for those with short attention spans." To get middle school and high school students excited about reading, Petry recommended classic books including "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee; "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain; "The Sun Also Rises" and "The Old Man and the Sea," both by Ernest Hemingway - Petry noted that most of his students preferred the latter; "All Quiet on the Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque, which Petry said is "great for understanding World War I"; "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell; "Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson; "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka; "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner; "The Pearl" and "Of Mice and Men," both by John Steinbeck; "The Stranger" by Albert Camus; "A Christmas Carol," "Great Expectations," and "David Copperfield," all by Charles Dickens; "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison; "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, which Petry called a "must read"; "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding; and "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller. "The classics are 'classics' because they are engrossing, well written, and have universal themes that transcend temporal and cultural settings," Petry said. Petry, recalling one of his best classroom reading experiences, said, "We had finished reading Steinbeck's The Pearl and I threw out the question, 'Was Kino a fool to throw away the pearl?' It turned into a three-day debate with the students finding obscure sentences that supported their side. Petry agreed with Brush and said, "Gifted readers are usually eager to challenge themselves.


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The four one-act plays were written by central Illinois residents: "Clean Sweep," by Gordon Petry of Pekin; "Art Appreciation," by Rachel Stanford of Washington; and both "NIMBY" and "Returns," by Hale Garrison of Peoria.
Gordon Petry has been writing plays since he was 8 years old. He has taught English at Delavan Junior High, Pekin High School and Illinois Central College and is currently teaching at Bradley University. His first play starred his pet beagle, Lucy, and featured an all-dog cast. Each dog had its own speech pattern ("arf," "bowwow," "woof," etc.) Gordon has no idea what the play was about because he doesn't speak canine. His first produced play, "The Coming of Age in Salem," was directed and performed by his Delavan Junior High students. It grew from a clever student's turning of vocabulary words into a story, which Gordon then expanded into a play.


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