Envisioning Literature: Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction, Second Edition / Edition 2

Envisioning Literature: Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Envisioning Literature: Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction, Second Edition / Edition 2

This book is a unique insider�s look at the process that teachers experience when they assume leadership positions in their school, district, state, or writing project site. The text features vignettes by K�12 teachers, describing their individual leadership roles and experiences to show how teachers take charge in a variety of contexts. The authors identify four major themes: identity, collaboration, making conflict productive, and learning new practices. Through the teacher leaders� own words, readers witness how the four themes are an integral part of daily practice. Chapters also examine what research indicates about these new and proliferating roles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807751299
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 12/05/2010
Series: Language and Literacy Series , #108
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Literary Thought and Literate Mind 1

Why Teach Literature? 2

The Literate Mind 2

A Classroom Example 3

Literature in Life 5

Literature in Schools 6

What Is Literary Understanding? 6

2 Building Envisionments 10

Interacting with Texts 11

Stances During Envisionment Building 16

A Classroom Example 22

3 The Nature of Literary Experience 26

Orientations Toward Meaning 26

Some Classroom Examples 35

Life and Thought 39

4 Shifting Orientations in Literature 41

5 The Classroom as a Social Setting for Envisionment Building 48

What Literary Discussions Look Like 50

Two Classroom Experiences 55

The Creation of Communities 63

6 A Practical Pedagogy 66

Principles of Practice 67

A Class in Action 72

The Envisionment-Building Classroom 87

7 Strategies for Teaching 89

Collaborative Support in School 91

Examples of Collaborative Support Across the Grades 94

Teaching Options: The Lesson as Activity 99

Does Anything Go? 106

Ongoing Assessment: Evolving Goals 107

8 Literature for Students the System Has Failed 112

The Reading Room 113

A 9th-Grade English Class: Students with Special Needs 118

Lovell Middle School: A Poor Urban Community 121

Junior High 306: Bilingual and ESL Classes 125

Building Envisionments 131

9 Learning Literary Concepts and Vocabulary 132

Literary Knowledge in the Envisionment-Building Classroom 132

Teachable Moments 135

10 Literature Across the Curriculum 144

Introducing Literary Thinking in Subject-Area Classrooms 145

Integrating Literature Across the Curriculum: A Team Approach 150

Literature and Writing 152

11 Closing Thoughts: Literature in School and Life 155

Afterword: Teachers' Reflections 159

References 167

Index 173

About the Author 180

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