ERIC Number: ED396299
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Literature and the Reader's Response: Developing the Confidence To Become Independent Learners and Lifelong Readers.
Tighe, Mary Ann
A survey of Alabama language arts teachers convinced one professor of English teacher education that there are good reasons for incorporating multicultural literature into the classroom, and that it seems especially appropriate for a reader response approach. Since multicultural literature may be as new for the teacher as for the student, teachers and students can explore and respond together. "Enhancing Aesthetic Reading and Response" claims that the efferent approach (reading for information) is emphasized in school, and most teachers would agree. The book's authors feel that an aesthetic response is an equally valid classroom response, and that English teachers must value image and emotion as well as plot analysis and intellect. "M.C. Higgins the Great" (Virginia Hamilton) can be used effectively in class for reader response. On Day 1, after students read the novel, the instructor re-read selected passages aloud and asked students to record their responses; on Day 2 students met in small groups, shared their writing, and selected two common images to use as a book cover; on Day 3 students sketched their covers on the board and discussed why they chose these particular images and what they signified. Each group discussed their cover and identified connections between their images and what they perceived as messages in the text. This exercise shows students that they can begin to analyze and interpret a literary work independent of the teacher or commentaries by a literary critic. (Contains 10 references, drawings of the cover, and explanations of the images.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aesthetic Reading; Lifelong Readers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (85th, San Diego, CA, November 16-21, 1995).