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Teaching Literature to Adolescents

Teaching Literature to Adolescents
Author: Richard Beach - Deborah Appleman - Bob Fecho - Rob
ISBN 13: 9780415875165
ISBN 10: 415875161
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2010-11-10
Format: Paperback
Pages: 288
List Price: $51.95

Designed to introduce prospective English teachers to current methods of teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms, this popular textbook explores a variety of innovative approaches that incorporate reading, writing, drama, talk, and media production. Each chapter is organized around specific questions that English educators often hear in working with preservice teachers. The text engages readers in considering the dilemmas and issues facing literature teachers through inquiry-based responses to authentic case narratives. A Companion Website, http://teachingliterature.pbworks.com, provides resources and enrichment activities, inviting teachers to consider important issues in the context of their own current or future classrooms.

New in the second edition:

  • more attention to the use of digital texts from use of online literature to digital storytelling to uses of online discussion and writing tools incorporated throughout
  • new chapter on teaching young adult literature
  • new chapter on teaching reading strategies essential to interpreting literature
  • more references to examples of teaching multicultural literature.


Four leading names in the field of English education team up for this textbook about the teaching of literature to middle and high school students. Beach is joined by Deborah Appleman, Susan Hynds, and Jeff Wilhelm to explore topics such as using drama to help students interpret literature, leading discussions after reading, and getting students to write in response to literature. A chapter on media literacy contains information about other types of text (i.e., movies and film, music, and other representations of text). Activities at the end of each chapter direct the reader to reflect on the content and to practice various techniques in the classroom. A related Web site at http://www.teachingliterature.org is packed with recommended readings and other resources. The Web page on YA literature, for example, contains links to The ALAN Review (from the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) lists, and some author Web sites among others. This textbook is ideal for students enrolled in an English education program as well as for in-service English teachers. The pedagogical underpinnings of literary analysis, the various approaches to literary learning, and a frank discussion of how to tackle the literary canon will prove helpful to secondary English teachers. But although YA literature is mentioned in several chapters, much of the discussion of strategies and activities focus on more traditional types of text.