Teaching Literature to Adolescents

Teaching Literature to Adolescents

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This popular textbook introduces prospective and practicing English teachers to current methods of teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms. It underscores the value of providing students with a range of different critical approaches and tools for interpreting texts and the need to organize literature instruction around topics and issues of interest to them. Throughout the textbook, readers are encouraged to raise and explore inquiry-based questions in response to authentic dilemmas and issues they face in the critical literature classroom. New in this edition, the text shows how these approaches to fostering responses to literature also work as rich tools to address the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.

Each chapter is organized around specific questions that English educators often hear in working with pre-service teachers. Suggested pedagogical methods are modelled by inviting readers to interact with the book through critical-inquiry methods for responding to texts. Readers are engaged in considering authentic dilemmas and issues facing literature teachers through inquiry-based responses to authentic case narratives. A Companion Website [http://teachingliterature.pbworks.com] provides resources and enrichment activities, inviting teachers to consider important issues in the context of their current or future classrooms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317486886
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/10/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 278
File size: 3 MB

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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Teaching Literature to Adolescents / Edition 3 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
After two years of teaching a course in Young Adult literature for preservice language arts teachers, I was fortunate to receive an examination copy of this book, which is the most comprehensive text I have found for introducing aspiring educators to the teaching of literature. Although this text is not uniformly solid, it is robust and thorough in many respects. The two introductory chapters provide just enough of a theoretical/pedagogical foundation for students to familiarize themselves with dialogic teaching and an inquiry framework. The chapters also provide a strong argument for the importance of context and getting to know the students you will be teaching. Subsequent chapters address teaching YA literature, incorporating multiple literacies in language arts instruction, curriculum planning, backwards planning, designing inquiry units, supporting reading comprehension, the use of multiple theoretical critical lenses or perspectives to assist students in constructing meaning from literature, responding to poetry, using a variety of writing assignments (many informal and formative in nature), and using formative assessments to inform teaching. Each chapter concludes with a synthesis/sample lesson that is more illustrative than prescriptive, and the authors carefully align their methodology with their progressive, student-centered pedagogy even as they offer honest critique of the limited value of Common Core standards while simultaneously acknowledging the practical need to address the standards in instruction. Unfortunately, the chapters on teaching media literacy and using drama to teach literature are comparatively weak. The majority of this text, however, is more than enough to support a full semester of pedagogy instruction focused on teaching literature. I plan to use this text in my course this coming fall, and I strongly recommend it to teacher educators, preservice and in-service English Language Arts teachers.