ERIC Number: ED255934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Antidote for Aliteracy: Aliteracy - People Who Can Read but Won't.
Sullivan, Jerry L.
An answer to aliteracy involves literary inquiry in which teachers teach students how to ask their own questions in working through a piece of literature. Three approaches to such literary study are improvisational, interpretive, and intellectual inquiry. A literary schema that students can use as an instrument to get started on their road to the particular questions they feel a literary work poses provides questions for literary inquiry such as (1) Which scenes or incidents in the literary work suggest a dramatic means for involving the students in the experience of the work? (2) What questions of character does the work pose? (3) What questions of setting does the work pose? (4) What personal questions does the work pose? (5) What self-discovery do you experience from reading and thinking about this piece of literature? and (6) What kinds of questions arise in this work that might assist you to better understand and appreciate the order and meaning of your own existence? By guiding students through various levels of cognition implicit in a literary work, teachers can lead students into a process of literary self-discovery that is much more exciting and stimulating than experiencing literature as mere content to be mastered. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).