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Teaching Secondary English as if the Planet Matters
     

Teaching Secondary English as if the Planet Matters

by Sasha Matthewman
 

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ISBN-10: 0415472040

ISBN-13: 9780415472043

Pub. Date: 02/02/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

‘This is an important book for all concerned with the teaching and learning of English, exploring new and hugely significant areas in a scholarly, thought-provoking and eminently practical way.’ — David Stevens, University of Durham, UK

This book is about teaching English with a commitment to environmental values drawing on

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‘This is an important book for all concerned with the teaching and learning of English, exploring new and hugely significant areas in a scholarly, thought-provoking and eminently practical way.’ — David Stevens, University of Durham, UK

This book is about teaching English with a commitment to environmental values drawing on ecocritical perspectives and examples of classroom practice. It aims to inform English teachers about environmental issues and offers ideas and inspiration for teaching English lessons with ‘ecocritical’ awareness. Crucially, it also explores how to teach English with a commitment to the pleasure of reading and creating texts and with attention to the interest of students in the world around them.

Drawing together ideas from a range of disciplines in the study of texts which explore nature, the built environment and issues of climate change and environmental stress, this book shows how English is well placed to develop the cultural, aesthetic and emotional response to environmental themes — both as part of everyday practice and within wider curriculum innovations.

Features include:

  • critical reflection on the teaching of secondary English
  • connections with the academic study of ecocriticism and/or key environmental issues
  • suggested teaching activities and/or reflections from classroom practice
  • sources of further reading and information.

The true worth of a school subject is revealed in how far it can account for and respond to the major issues of the time. This timely textbook breaks new ground in showing how English teachers can have a pivotal role in responding to the environmental crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415472043
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/02/2011
Series:
Teaching... as if the Planet Matters Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: The environmental crisis and English 1. Elements of the crisis 2. Ecocriticism: The literary critical response 3. The English curriculum and environmental thinking Part 2: Ecocritical approaches in the English classroom 4. Can poetry save the planet? Teaching nature poetry with ecocritical edge 5. Animals in the classroom: the potential of anthropomorphism 6. Writing the story of consumption and waste 7. Digging: Encouraging environmental debate and action 8. Reading the city: a mixed media approach 9. Future visions: merging fact and fiction Part 3: The world beyond the English classroom 10. Place based writing: venturing outside 11. Joined up thinking: cross curricular collaborations 12. New media and the global classroom

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