Most of us become teachers because we love to read. If we do our jobs well, our students will love it, too. This section includes handouts (in the Download Zone) that you can use with literature to engage students in higher-level thinking.
Focusing on characters?
Focusing on genre?
Reading short stories?
Check out "Poets in Performance" by Bill Moyers & Company. Here's what you'll find: "Over the years, Bill Moyers has welcomed some of America’s best poets to share their works and inspiration. Many of those writers have performed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, which Bill and his colleagues covered for television specials including Fooling with Words (1999), The Language of Life (1995) and Sounds of Poetry(1999). Below, enjoy a showcase of such poetry from past productions and very recently fromMoyers & Company, performed by the poets who dreamed them up, or by other artists who, like Bill, simply adore poetry."
Also, see these resources in the Download Zone:
Trying to teach MAIN IDEA through FICTION?
Looking for an alternative to “questions about the chapter”?
Trying to prepare students for standardized tests? Check out the Test Prep page and related sub-pages.
Are you a history teacher looking for ideas?
Interested in LITERARY CRITICISM? Check out this Website, Introduction to Modern Literary Theory, which provides a comprehensive overview of numerous types of criticism, including key terms and many useful resources. This Website is A MUST for high school (and college) English teachers!!!
HOW SHOULD STUDENTS WRITE ABOUT LITERATURE? Check out these pages:
DESIGNING A CURRICULUM? Check out the Curriculum Resources & Links page!
Appleman, Deborah. Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents. New York: Teachers College Press, 2000.
IN THE DOWNLOAD ZONE for Analyzing Literature: