Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literacy Theory to Adolescents, 2nd Edition / Edition 2 available in Paperback
This bestseller was the first text to specifically address the challenges of teaching critical theory in high school literature classrooms. Since its original publication, the author has worked with hundreds of teachers and students to update and refine the lessons she presents. This completely revised Second Edition now features:
A new introductory chapter that focuses on ideology and literary theory.
A new chapter on using literary theory with diverse learners.
An expanded discussion of gender, including new activities.
A new postcolonial lens that will help students read such classics as Things Fall Apart.
An amplified focus on cultural texts, with new material on helping students think critically about music videos, websites, advertisements, films, and television shows, and two new activities for analyzing a contemporary movie.
Many new additions to the appendix of activities.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition ix
1 What We Teach and Why: Contemporary Literary Theory and Adolescents 1
2 Prisms of Possibilities: Introducing Multiple Perspectives 15
3 The Lens of Reader Response: The Promise and Peril of Response-Based Pedagogy 28
4 What's Class Got to Do with It?: Reading Literature Through the Lens of Privilege and Social Class 51
5 The Social Construction of Gender: A Lens of One's Own 65
6 Columbus Did What? Postcolonialism in the Literature Classroom 84
7 Deconstruction: Postmodern Theory and the Postmodern High School Student 96
8 Lenses and Learning Styles: Acknowledging Student Plurality with Theoretical Plurality 112
9 Critical Encounters: Reading the World 126
Appendix: Classroom Activities 135
Selected Literary Texts 207
About the Author 221