Interpreting Literature with Children / Edition 1by Shelby A. Wolf
Pub. Date: 11/28/2003
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Clearly organized and beautifully written, Interpreting Literature With Children is a remarkable book that stands on the edge of two textbook genres: the survey of literature text and the literary criticism text. Neither approach, however, says enough about how children respond to literature in everyday classroom situations. That is the mission of this/i>
Clearly organized and beautifully written, Interpreting Literature With Children is a remarkable book that stands on the edge of two textbook genres: the survey of literature text and the literary criticism text. Neither approach, however, says enough about how children respond to literature in everyday classroom situations. That is the mission of this book.
It begins by providing a solid foundation in both approaches and then examines multiple ways of developing children's literary interpretation through talk, through culture, class, and gender, as well as through creative modes of expression, including writing, the visual arts, and drama. The result is a balanced resource for teachers who want to deepen their understanding of literature and literary engagement.
Because of its modest length and price and its ongoing focus on how to increase student engagement with literature, either pre-service or practicing teachers can use this text in children's literature, language arts, or literacy and language courses.
Table of Contents
Contents: Prologue: Engagement Beyond the Edges of the Earth. Part I: Salutations! Learning About Literature. Critical Perspectives. Literary Elements in Prose & Poetry. Part II: Ways of Taking From Literature. Talking About Literature. Culture & Class in Children's Literature. Gender in Children's Literature. Part III: Ways of Doing Literature. Interpreting Literature Through Writing. Interpreting Literature Through the Visual Arts. Interpreting Literature Through Drama. Epilogue: How Like the Mind.
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Shelby A. Wolf's book is one of the few books I've encountered that actually talks about teaching children's literature as literature, and I can't speak highly enough of it. She begins the text by modeling how to interpret children's works with methods of literary analysis most suited to young children. Then Wolf spend several chapters discussing issues such as gender and culture in children's literature. Her final chapters explore different means of engaging elementary school children with literature--through writing, art, and performance. She also uses 'touchstone' texts for each chapter to explain her ideas.