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Classics in the Classroom: Designing Accessible Literature Lessons / Edition 1

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Overview

Reading the classics isn't easy. Students often balk at the difficult syntax, unfamiliar settings, and descriptive passages. Length alone keeps some books out of the curriculum. For a teacher to persist - sometimes coaxing, sometimes driving - requires an act of will. In Classics in the Classroom Carol Jago provides practical ideas for making these challenging texts come alive for contemporary students.

Continuing in the tradition of her popular book With Rigor for All, Jago argues that all students, not just those enrolled in honors classes, deserve to read great literature. To make this happen requires artfully crafted lessons that address specific textual challenges. In Classics in the Classroom Jago shares her lesson plans and materials for teaching:

  • vocabulary
  • character study
  • story grammar
  • literary elements
  • metaphorical thinking
Jago also offers practical wisdom for helping all students learn and enjoy great literature. Simply assigning books is not enough. Teachers need an instructional plan that makes difficult texts accessible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325005904
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/11/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,000,153
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Jago has taught English in middle and high school for 32 years, is immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and serves as an associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. Carol served as AP Literature content advisor for the College Board and has published six books for teachers with Heinemann. She has also published four books on contemporary multicultural authors for NCTE's High School Literature series. Carol has written a weekly education column for the Los Angeles Times, and her essays have appeared in English Journal, Language Arts, NEA Today, as well as in other newspapers across the nation. She edits the journal of the California Association of Teachers of English, California English, and served on the planning committee for the 2009 NAEP Reading Framework and the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework. ยป Listen to an interview with Carol Jago on Education Talk Radio - 2/23/2012 (34:20)
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Literature Instruction at a Crossroads

Seven Guiding Principles for Literature Teachers

All About Words

Choosing Which Books to Teach

How Stories Work

How Poems Work

Lesson Design for Classical Literature

Literature, Knowledge, and the High School Graduate

Appendixes:

A. Recommended Classic Texts

B. Classic Bestsellers

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