ERIC Number: ED046936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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The Teaching of Literature.
Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.
This pamphlet was written to provide guidance on the teaching of literature in the Scottish primary and secondary schools. An introduction points out the reasons for teaching literature and suggests criteria by which to select worthwhile texts and plan programs. The place of oral literature and poetry in the primary school and the need for primary school training in reading and interpretation is then presented. Next, a four-stage program for literature in the secondary school is outlined, stressing the need to (1) use language in contexts requiring active student participation with literature readily available to pupils as a source of illustration and reading pleasure, (2) use thematic grouping of literary texts, (3) stimulate students' appreciation of poetry, (4) make literature a central element for students whose reading ability is below average, (5) meet the interests and needs of individual students while preparing them for the Ordinary or Higher Grade examinations, and (6) construct programs which present literature as a direct object of study and induce students to read with pleasure. Lastly, the importance of literary criticism in the secondary school is discussed. (DD)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Elementary Education, English Education, Interpretive Reading, Literary Criticism, Literature Programs, Oral Interpretation, Poetry, Reading Development, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Student Projects, Teaching Guides, Textbook Selection, Thematic Approach
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Authoring Institution: Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.