Teaching Literature

american literature

british literature

multicultural/women's/world literature

drama/speech

shakespeare

young adult literature

literary genres/mythology

nonfiction

poetry

critical lenses

story response/writing

assessment

censorship

professional development

media/technology

 

How to use this site

CHAPTERS

1

Goals for teaching literature: What does it mean to teach literature?

2

Understanding students’ individual differences: Who are our kids?

3

Planning and Organizing Literature Instruction: How Do I Decide What to Teach?

4

Using Drama to Foster Interpretation: How Can I Help Students Read Better?

5

Leading Classroom Discussions of Literature: How Do I Get Them to Talk about Literature?

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Teaching text and task-specific strategies: How does the shape of a text change the shape of my teaching?

9

Teaching the Classics: Do I Have To Teach the Canon, And If So, How Do I Do It?

10

Multiple Perspectives to Engage Students with Literature: What are Different Ways of Seeing?

11

Teaching Media Literacy: What else is a text and how do I teach it?

12

Assessing and Evaluating Students’ Learning: How do I know what they’ve learned?

13

2nd Edition Information

In November, 2010, a new, extensively-revised 2nd edition of Teaching Literature to Adolescents was published by Routledge Press: click below for further information and ordering information.

Teaching Literature to Adolescents

This new edition contains:

  • 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.

The new edition also has a new wiki website with all new links, activities, and resources that also includes links from this original site.

teachingliterature.pbworks.com

The new 2nd edition includes specific references to topics contained in the new site. We recommend that you bookmark this new site for use with the new 2nd edition.

 

The present website is the Teaching Literature, 1st Edition companion web site. To use this site refer below for directions.

USING THE CHAPTER LINKS

Clicking on a Chapter link to the left gives you one of four chapter resources:

Chapter activities: further activities that you can use with your students. (This is the default link for each chapter; you will be brought to the chapter activities section when you click on a particular chapter.)
 
Further reading: bibliographies of further reading on the chapter topics.
 
Web links: links to resource sites.
 
Literary texts: literary texts for use with students (not included with all chapters).

USING THE GENERIC LINKS

Clicking on a Generic link above brings you to a list of web resources on that particular topic. These resources may be general information sites, webquests, lesson plans, critical articles, or anything in between. Clicking on a link opens a new browser window. Close that window to return to the Teaching Literature site.

From any page, you can click on the “Teaching Literature” graphic at the top of the page to return to this home page.


AUTHORS

Deborah Appleman

Deborah APPLEMAN
Class of 1944 Professor of Educational Studies
and the Liberal Arts, Carleton College

Richard Beach

Richard BEACH
Professor of English Education, University of Minnesota

Susan Hynds

Susan HYNDS
Professor of English Education, Syracuse University

Jeffrey Wilhelm

Jeffrey WILHELM
Professor of English, Boise State University

   

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