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Teaching Literature to Adolescents / Edition 2

Teaching Literature to Adolescents / Edition 2

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Designed to introduce prospective English teachers to current methods of teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms, this popular textbook explores a variety of innovative approaches that incorporate reading, writing, drama, talk, and media production. Each chapter is organized around specific questions that English educators often hear in working with preservice teachers. The text engages readers in considering the dilemmas and issues facing literature teachers through inquiry-based responses to authentic case narratives. A Companion Website,, provides resources and enrichment activities, inviting teachers to consider important issues in the context of their own current or future classrooms.

New in the second edition:

  • more attention to the use of digital texts from use of online literature to digital storytelling to uses of online discussion and writing tools incorporated throughout
  • new chapter on teaching young adult literature
  • new chapter on teaching reading strategies essential to interpreting literature
  • more references to examples of teaching multicultural literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415875165
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/08/2010
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Beach is Professor Emeritus of English Education at the University of Minnesota, USA.

Deborah Appleman is the Hollis L. Caswell Professor and Chair of Educational Studies at Carleton College, USA.

Bob Fecho is Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Rob Simon is Associate Professor of Multiliteracies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada.

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Part 1: What Should Be Considered as We Imagine Our Literature Classrooms?

Chapter 1: Why Teach Literature?

Chapter 2: Who are my Students and Within What Contexts Will I Teach?

Part 2: What Literatures Will I Teach?

Chapter 3: How Do I Teach What My Students Are Reading?

Chapter 4: How Do I Teach Critical Media Literacy?

Chapter 5: What Should I Consider When Planning a Curriculum?

Part 3: How Do I Create Opportunities for Students to Engage with Literature?

Chapter 6: How Do I Help Students Understand What They are Reading?

Chapter 7: How Do I Encourage Students to Read Literature through Multiple Perspectives?

Chapter 8: How Can I Engage Students in Responding to Poetry/Spoken Word?

Chapter 9: How Do I Create Opportunities for Students to Talk and Write About Texts?

Chapter 10: How do I Create Opportunities for Students to Enact Responses to Literature?

Part IV: Where do I go from here?

Chapter 11: Evaluating and Assessing Student Learning of Literature: How Do You Know What They Have Learned?

Chapter 12: How Do I Develop as a Literature Teacher?

Author index

Subject index

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