The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers / Edition 1

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Overview

In this groundbreaking book, Sheridan Blau introduces the literature workshop as the most effective approach to solving many of the classic instructional problems that perplex beginning and veteran teachers of literature. Through lively re-creations of actual workshops that he regularly conducts for students and teachers, Blau invites his readers to become active participants in workshops on such topics as:

  • helping students read more difficult texts than they think they can read
  • where interpretations come from
  • the problem of background knowledge in teaching classic texts
  • how to deal with competing and contradictory interpretations
  • what's worth saying about a literary text
  • balancing respect for readers with respect for texts and intellectual authority
  • ensuring that literary discussions are lively and productive
  • how to develop valuable and engaging writing assignments.
Each workshop includes reflections on what transpired and a discussion of the workshop's rationale and outcomes in the larger context of an original and practice-based theory of literary competence and instruction.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Sheridan Blau is among the small number of writers who have really original things to say about teaching and learning.”–Gerald Graff

“Sheridan Blau is a gem in the English teaching profession: a teacher-researcher and an innovative teacher who blows the lid off of traditional forms of literary instruction.”–Jeff Wilhelm

“I cant think of a more helpful book about teaching literature. Its sophisticated, subtle, and responsive to complex theory - yet practical and accessible.”–Peter Elbow

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867095401
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/10/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 426,570
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

A past president of NCTE, a member of the National Writing Project Task Force, and teacher of literature for two generations of students, Sheridan Blau directs the South Coast Writing Project and the Literature Institute for Teachers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a senior faculty member in the departments of English and Education.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Principles for Practice

Teaching and Learning Literature: A Problem with a Solution

Stories from the Classroom: Lessons on Learning Literature

From Telling to Teaching: The Literature Workshop in Action

How Readers and Texts Make Meaning

Which Interpretation Is the Right One? A Workshop on Literary Meaning

The Problem of Background Knowledge: A Workshop on Intertextual Literacy

How to Talk and Write About Literature

Where Do Interpretations Come From?

What's Worth Saying About a Literary Text?

Writing Assignments in Literature Classes: Perennial Problems and Provisional Solutions

Writing Assignments in Literature Classes: The Problem

Writing Assignments in Literature Classes: Models for Solutions-in-Progress

Foundations of Literary Knowledge

Honoring Readers and Respecting Texts: Value and Authority in Literary Interpretation

What Do Students Need to Learn? The Dimensions of Literacy Competence

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