ERIC Number: ED024675
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
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"I Really Liked It": Short Stories and Taste.
English Journal, v57 n5 p670-79 May 1968
The development of literary judgment and taste should be one of the goals of any literature program. To accomplish this goal, the teacher should minimize his own estimate of a piece of writing and encourage the student to evaluate the writing himself. The teacher can direct the student from vague, easily-formed generalizations about his likes and dislikes to statements supported by textual evidence. One exercise to improve critical judgment presents the student with two stories of differing literary quality (e.g., S. I. Kishor's "Appointment With Love" and John Collier's "The Chaser") and requires him to state which story he likes better, why he likes it, and in what ways his choice is superior to the other story. Whatever the student's response, a judgment, however primitive, is made and tested against the available evidence on the printed page. The evaluation and class discussion exercise the student's critical faculties and involve him in the issue of taste. (LH)
Descriptors: Critical Reading, Discussion (Teaching Technique), English Instruction, Literary Criticism, Literary Discrimination, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Secondary Education, Short Stories, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Twentieth Century Literature
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