Envisioning Literature: Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction, Second Edition / Edition 2

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This book is a unique insider’s look at the process that teachers experience when they assume leadership positions in their school, district, state, or writing project site. The text features vignettes by K–12 teachers, describing their individual leadership roles and experiences to show how teachers take charge in a variety of contexts. The authors identify four major themes: identity, collaboration, making conflict productive, and learning new practices. Through the teacher leaders’ own words, readers witness how the four themes are an integral part of daily practice. Chapters also examine what research indicates about these new and proliferating roles.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807751299
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 12/5/2010
  • Series: Language and Literacy Series , #108
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Literary Thought and Literate Mind 1

Why Teach Literature? 2

The Literate Mind 2

A Classroom Example 3

Literature in Life 5

Literature in Schools 6

What Is Literary Understanding? 6

2 Building Envisionments 10

Interacting with Texts 11

Stances During Envisionment Building 16

A Classroom Example 22

3 The Nature of Literary Experience 26

Orientations Toward Meaning 26

Some Classroom Examples 35

Life and Thought 39

4 Shifting Orientations in Literature 41

5 The Classroom as a Social Setting for Envisionment Building 48

What Literary Discussions Look Like 50

Two Classroom Experiences 55

The Creation of Communities 63

6 A Practical Pedagogy 66

Principles of Practice 67

A Class in Action 72

The Envisionment-Building Classroom 87

7 Strategies for Teaching 89

Collaborative Support in School 91

Examples of Collaborative Support Across the Grades 94

Teaching Options: The Lesson as Activity 99

Does Anything Go? 106

Ongoing Assessment: Evolving Goals 107

8 Literature for Students the System Has Failed 112

The Reading Room 113

A 9th-Grade English Class: Students with Special Needs 118

Lovell Middle School: A Poor Urban Community 121

Junior High 306: Bilingual and ESL Classes 125

Building Envisionments 131

9 Learning Literary Concepts and Vocabulary 132

Literary Knowledge in the Envisionment-Building Classroom 132

Teachable Moments 135

10 Literature Across the Curriculum 144

Introducing Literary Thinking in Subject-Area Classrooms 145

Integrating Literature Across the Curriculum: A Team Approach 150

Literature and Writing 152

11 Closing Thoughts: Literature in School and Life 155

Afterword: Teachers' Reflections 159

References 167

Index 173

About the Author 180

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