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ERIC Number: ED028166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Pages: 10
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An Approach to the Teaching and the Examining of Literature in the Junior Secondary School.
Farley, J. W.
Opinion, The Journal of the South Australian English Teachers' Association, v11 n3 p20-8 Dec 1967
The teacher of literature can help children become aware of and sensitive to the world around them--its beauty, good, and evil. In teaching poetry, the teacher must choose poems he likes, read them aloud to the students, lead class discussions about student reactions to poems, and allow students to write and to memorize poetry for enjoyment. The teaching of drama should proceed from miming, charades, and one-act plays to full-length plays. Prose should be taught to be enjoyed, to make children conversant with a wide range of books, and to allow them to formulate moral concepts of the world around them. Although examinations cannot test sensitivity to literature, they are valid teaching devices and can measure interest, enthusiasm, and breadth of reading. Tests can require students to evaluate critically a poem that they have not studied. In addition, tests can become increasingly more thorough as the children advance in school, proceeding from questions requiring simple descriptions of a character to more complex delineations of the central theme of a book. (JS)
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