A Case for Teaching Literature in the Secondary School

A Case for Teaching Literature in the Secondary School

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Taking a close look at the forces that affect English education in schoolsa€”at the ways literature, cognitive science, the privileging of the STEM disciplines, and current educational policies are connecteda€”this timely book counters with a strong argument for the importance of continuing to teach literature in middle and secondary classrooms. The case is made through critical examination of the ongoing qculture warsq between the humanities and the sciences, recent research in cognitive literary studies demonstrating the power of narrative reading, and an analysis of educational trends that have marginalized literature teaching in the U.S., including standards-based and scripted curricula. The book is distinctive in presenting both a synthesis of arguments for literary study in the middle and high school and sample lesson plans from practicing teachers exemplifying how literature can positively influence adolescentsa€™ intellectual, emotional, and social selves.... empathy survey administered to thirty-one 8th grade students who returned the requisite permission forms resulted in no statistically significant ... Looking at the work of these students specifically, we were able to determine through qualitative analysis a commonality among ... stories with other stories, or who engaged in so -called imaginative responses, such as narrative or poetry, to the assigned texts.

Title:A Case for Teaching Literature in the Secondary School
Author:Janet Alsup
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-04-17


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