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Teaching Literature to Adolescents

Teaching Literature to Adolescents

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Now in its fourth edition, this popular textbook introduces prospective and practicing English teachers to current methods of teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms. This new edition broadens its focus to cover important topics such as critical race theory; perspectives on teaching fiction, nonfiction, and drama; the integration of digital literacy; and teacher research for ongoing learning and professional development. It underscores the value of providing students with a range of different critical approaches and tools for interpreting texts. It also addresses the need to organize literature instruction around topics and issues of interest to today's adolescents. By using authentic dilemmas and contemporary issues, the authors encourage preservice English teachers and their instructors to raise and explore inquiry-based questions that center on the teaching of a variety of literary texts, both classic and contemporary, traditional and digital.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Expanded attention to digital tools, multimodal learning, and teaching online
  • New examples of teaching contemporary texts
  • Expanded discussion and illustration of formative assessment
  • Revised response activities for incorporating young adult literature into the literature curriculum
  • Real-world examples of student work to illustrate how students respond to the suggested strategies
  • Extended focus on infusing multicultural and diverse literature in the classroom

Each chapter is organized around specific questions that preservice teachers consistently raise as they prepare to become English language arts teachers. The authors model critical inquiry throughout the text by offering authentic case narratives that raise important considerations of both theory and practice. A companion website, a favorite of English education instructors, http://teachingliterature.pbworks.com, provides resources and enrichment activities, inviting teachers to consider important issues in the context of their current or future classrooms.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367366209
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/29/2020
Edition description: 4th ed.
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 1,010,611
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard Beach is Professor Emeritus of English Education at the University of Minnesota, USA.

Deborah Appleman is the Hollis L. Caswell Professor and Chair of Educational Studies at Carleton College, USA.

Bob Fecho is Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.

Rob Simon is Associate Professor of Multiliteracies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, Canada.

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Part 1: What Should Be Considered as We Imagine Our Literature Classrooms?

Chapter 1: Why Teach Literature?

Chapter 2: Who are my Students and Within What Contexts Will I Teach?

Part 2: What Literatures Will I Teach?

Chapter 3: How Do I Teach What My Students Are Reading?

Chapter 4: How Do I Teach Critical Media Literacy?

Chapter 5: What Should I Consider When Planning a Curriculum?

Part 3: How Do I Create Opportunities for Students to Engage with Literature?

Chapter 6: How Do I Help Students Understand What They are Reading?

Chapter 7: How Do I Encourage Students to Read Literature through Multiple Perspectives?

Chapter 8: How Can I Engage Students in Responding to Poetry/Spoken Word?

Chapter 9: How Do I Create Opportunities for Students to Talk and Write About Texts?

Chapter 10: How do I Create Opportunities for Students to Enact Responses to Literature?

Part IV: Where do I go from here?

Chapter 11: Evaluating and Assessing Student Learning of Literature: How Do You Know What They Have Learned?

Chapter 12: How Do I Develop as a Literature Teacher?

Author index

Subject index

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