How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids

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by Thomas C. Foster
     
 

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In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers. With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot and other key techniques to make a

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In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers. With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot and other key techniques to make a story come to life.

From that very first middle school book report to that first college course, kids need to be able to understand the layers of meaning in literature. Foster makes learning this important skill fun and exciting by using examples from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from short stories and poems to movie scripts. This go-to guide unlocks all the hidden secrets to reading, making it entertaining and satisfying.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—This companion to the author's adult titles is geared toward young people who want to get a bit more out of J.K Rowling or Dr. Seuss. Foster uses both of these authors, along with Shakespeare and Homer (not Simpson), to illustrate various approaches to literature. He argues that there is really only one story, that of a journey or quest, and that it takes shape in many forms, in novels, plays, and poems. The book also delves into symbolism, irony, and the political and geographical aspects of literature. Readers will enjoy seeing Green Eggs and Ham from Foster's perspective of how food is often more than just a meal. Of course, he also touches on how the Bible, folk and fairy tales, and ancient literature form the basis of many of our favorite stories. His passion for literature is evident, and the text is readable and encouraging. While it would be a rare reader who would be familiar with every title the author cites, the arguments that he poses are solid and the examples are always apt. Students won't find literary research here, but they will find some valuable guidance on how to read critically and hopefully be inspired to read more widely.—Carol Fazioli, Barth Elementary School, Pottstown, PA
Kirkus Reviews
The New York Times–best-selling How to Read Literature Like a Professor is redacted for teachers of young readers. The premise behind Foster's works is that there's a "grammar of literature…a certain set of patterns, codes, and rules that we can learn to use when we're reading a piece of writing." If students learn that grammar, they can read better and appreciate more about what's going on in the books they read. Short essays offer insights into myth, symbols, setting, Shakespeare, the Bible, quests and various themes. The author shares a "big secret: there's only one story"--all stories grow out of other stories and contribute to the mix, and what students are doing as they learn to read more widely and insightfully is joining a conversation between old books and new. The title and cover, though--actually, the whole premise of this volume--are misleading: This will work best as a guide for teachers of young people, providing many interesting insights into a range of children's and young-adult literature, from Green Eggs and Ham to Twilight, along with adult literature accessible to younger readers, such as Dracula, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. An upbeat and engaging guide to literature for English teachers working with young readers. (reading list, acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062200877
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/23/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
196,874
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
File size:
358 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas C. Foster is a professor of English at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he teaches contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry as well as creative writing and composition. He is the author of Twenty-five Books That Shaped America and several books on twentieth-century British and Irish fiction and poetry. He lives in East Lansing, Michigan.

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15  This book was just okay and I really wish it had been so much better because I really like to read and write and this book just wasn’t what I thought it would be. A lot of the books mentioned in this book (pages one hundred fifty five though one hundred sixty two) I have never read and the author didn’t include any modern books, which is what I was looking for since those are the books kids my age read for fun, even in school. It seems like this author hasn’t had kids my age around in a very long time and we are so much different than when my mom was a kid and technology is so important to us now. There is also a big difference between the reading someone in third grade does and someone in seventh grade and I got bored when reading through some of the areas of the book. “Not all diseases are created equal.” So while I did like some of the book, I think the author could redo it and make a book for young kids and a book for teens because we really are different people and have different likes and reading interests. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*   *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
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