young adult literature
How to use this site
What does it
mean to teach literature?
Who are our
Now that I know
what I know, how do I get them to go with the flow?
How do I help
How do I get
them to talk about literature?
How do I get
them to write about literature?
the (use of) story?
How does the
shape of a text change the shape of my teaching?
Do I have to
teach Shakespeare? Okay, how do I survive it?
of seeing (critical lenses)
How do I stay
in control and out of trouble: Ethical and professional issues
What else is
a text and how do I teach it?
How do I know
what they’ve learned?
can I keep developing, evolving, and having fun as a teacher?
Guide to teaching different literary theories
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for background on critical lenses
SCRAP: Students Challenging Racism and White Privilege
useful one-page handouts on topics of racism and white privilege
using a reader-response journal
Postmodernism/Deconstructivism chat board
Rethinking Schools publisher of Reading, Writing, and Rising Up by Linda Christensen
Critical Pedagody Theory/Approaches
Cultural Studies Approach
Reader Response: Various Positions
People Like Us: PBS program on class
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED activities for teaching about class differences related to texts like The Great Gatsby
reader response: using literature circles for discussion
on-line book; HIGHLY RECOMMENDED resource for creating small-group discussions
reader response: leading classroom discussions
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: stages of entering into the text, envisioning, stepping out of, and reflecting on responses
reader response: eliciting responses
Colonial/Postcolonial Dialogues: postcolonial criticism
Russell Hunt: point-driven reader stance
research on readers’ point-driven vs. story-driven stances
Voice of the Shuttle: lots of theory links
excellent, extensive links to hundreds of literary critical/theory topics
postcolonial literary criticism
Hypertheory/hypertext literary theory
feminism and women’s literature
feminist literary criticism
Voices from the Gap: women writers of color
Excellent site: biographical/critical discussions of women writers of color; site housed at the University of Minnesota
historical development of literary theories
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literacy Criticism
extensive catalogue of literary critical terms
introduction to different critical lenses
literacy criticism by author, title, period
critical theorists: identity / discourses / gender / Foucault / hooks / queer theory
thematic study of literature at the middle school level