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This text for preservice and inservice English education courses presents current methods of teaching literature to middle and high school students. The methods are based on social-constructivist/socio-cultural theories of literacy learning, and incorporate research on literary response conducted by the authors.
Four leading names in the field of English education team up for this textbook about the teaching of literature to middle and high school students. Beach is joined by Deborah Appleman, Susan Hynds, and Jeff Wilhelm to explore topics such as using drama to help students interpret literature, leading discussions after reading, and getting students to write in response to literature. A chapter on media literacy contains information about other types of text (i.e., movies and film, music, and other representations of text). Activities at the end of each chapter direct the reader to reflect on the content and to practice various techniques in the classroom. A related Web site at http://www.teachingliterature.org is packed with recommended readings and other resources. The Web page on YA literature, for example, contains links to The ALAN Review (from the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) lists, and some author Web sites among others. This textbook is ideal for students enrolled in an English education program as well as for in-service English teachers. The pedagogical underpinnings of literary analysis, the various approaches to literary learning, and a frank discussion of how to tackle the literary canon will prove helpful to secondary English teachers. But although YA literature is mentioned in several chapters, much of the discussion of strategies and activities focus on more traditional types of text.
From the Publisher
"Teaching Literature to Adolescents provides chapter after chapter to help preservice English teachers prepare themselves to be more effective in the classroom...[It] explains ways to get students fully engaged in the literature classroom--interpreting, discussing, and writing about literature...[The] authors may say it's for preservice English teachers, but don't kid yourself--new and veteran teachers alike can benefit from the text and its related website."
--"Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy", October 2007