Using Internet Primary Sources to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in World Literature

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Presenting web sites from around the world covering much of the world's literature, this book provides creative and interesting thinking activities to enhance student understanding of literature and culture and to promote critical thinking. This book will be very useful to teachers of world history and literature at the senior high school and undergraduate level. Part of a well reviewed series of titles Using Internet Primary Sources to Promote Critical Thinking, carries on the tradition of excellence in instructional tools. Grades 9-12.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[K]ent-Drury offers a long-awaited and much-needed tool for teachers and instructors of high school and college world literature. The text is a resource for those educators who have received one too many papers based on poor information gleaned from Internet resources….[a]n excellent primary reference text. Kent-Drury's volume is the latest of the Libraries Unlimited series that offers creative assistance for high school and college teachers in the area of Critical Thinking. Although the text is most readily a resource, it would be an excellent complimentary tool for a pedagogical course for instructors."


Kentucky Philological Review

"The number of sites presented is substantial and the quality of the imformation provided is outstanding. Sites range from The Ancient Olympic Games Virtual Musuem to Middle Eastern Mystical Poetry to World Art Web Kiosk. This resource will be most valuable for teachers of world history and literature and their students. Other works in this series will be of invaluable assistance to teachers in other disciplines."



"This title gathers quality Web sites together in one place and amkes suggestions for activities to do with students….Teachers would be impressed by the ease of looking up a topic in the index and finding a quality site to use with their students."


Library Media Connection

The Internet contains a bewildering number of sources on every imaginable topic. Many students write papers that are based on misinformation. Others write papers that are nothing more than "cut and paste." Kent-Drury acknowledges that to some educators, "the term Internet research is an oxymoron," then proceeds to identify Internet sources on the topic of World Literature that may be used to teach essential critical thinking skills. One might be tempted to dismiss this book as one that will be rapidly outdated. However, the sites included have been carefully vetted. Stable educational sites are given preference, and the credentials of sites maintained by individuals have been examined. The result is a book of sources that are appropriate and accessible. The early chapters are devoted to sites that develop skills in locating and evaluating Internet resources and in understanding the tools used in literary analysis. Succeeding chapters cover resources of general interdisciplinary interest, religion, the ancient world, and classical Greek and Roman literature, as well as European and non-European literature. For each site, the name and Internet address (URL) are given. In addition, a succinct description and assessment of the site are provided. An explanation of how to navigate the site, along with possible related assignments and activities, is offered. Finally, Internet addresses of related sites are provided. The number of sites presented is substantial and the quality of the information provided is outstanding. Sites range from The Ancient Olympic Games Virtual Museum to Middle Eastern Mystical Poetry to World Art Web Kiosk. This resource will be most valuable for teachers of worldhistory and literature and their students. Other works in this series will be of invaluable assistance to teachers in other disciplines. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Libraries Unlimited, 194p. index., Ages 15 to adult.
—Anthony Pucci
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Meet the Author

ROXANNE M. KENT-DRURYis an Associate Professor in the Literature and Language Department at Northern Kentucky University, where she teaches courses in early world literature, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century transatlantic and British literature, and the literature of early exploration and travel. She is also a frequent reviewer for Addison-Wesley-Longman, most recently on its cultural studies-based anthologies of British and world literature. Her publications include articles on exploration and travel, eighteenth-century drama and performance, and professional writing. Most recently, she co-authored a book essay with Gordon Sayre, "Robinson Crusoe's Parodic Intertextuality," for the Modern Language Association's Teaching Robinson Crusoe, forthcoming in March 2005.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Locating and evaluating Internet resources 7
3 Tools of literary analysis 11
4 Major resources of general interdisciplinary interest 17
5 Religion and folklore 41
6 The ancient world 67
7 Classical Greek and Roman literature 79
8 Europe : before print 105
9 Early modern to contemporary Europe 127
10 Non-European world literatures 145
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