ERIC Number: ED250687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Defining the Reader's Role: An Approach to Teaching Literature.
Hudson, Sally A.
Students can be introduced to reader-writer relationships with the print world they recognize as most friendly, magazines. Comments concerning the wide range of magazines and the specificity of an individual magazine's audience should arise naturally. Teachers might ask their students to discover what textual features led to their definitions of reader. After the excitement of the magazine unit, students can be asked to complete a "definition of a reader" form for themselves as readers. Students should also be encouraged to question why they like certain publications and not others, as well as what they would have to do to become more like the intended readers of certain texts. If texts from different historical periods or cultural backgrounds are to be studied, a perfect opportunity arises for discussing how writers have changed their readers' world views and literary experiences over time and place. To help students realize reader-writer interactions, the teacher can play an important role by (1) continuing to let students respond; (2) encouraging them to define intended readers, to search for discrepancies between those readers and themselves, and to adjust in order to deal with new texts; and (3) allowing students to discover what it is about these texts that caused their responses and definitions. (A form for defining the intended audience is included.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Author Reader Relationship; Reader Text Relationship; Readership Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (3rd, Columbus, OH, April 12-14, 1984).