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ERIC Number: ED042579
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-May-7
Pages: 10
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The Content of Literature in the High School.
Burton, Dwight L.
The content of a literature program defined in terms of the structure of literature is proposed. A three-layer definition of structure is suggested which considers (1) the substance of literature, including man and his gods, man and the natural world, man and other men, and man and himself; (2) mode in literature, including the romantic, comic, tragic, and ironic; and (3) form in literature, including genres, elements of structure, and certain stylistic devices. The content of the program will include concern with the literary works in terms of concepts and archetypal themes relevant to the developmental level of the students. It is suggested that the content of a literature program will become more meaningful if the following allied activities are incorporated: (1) discussion to illuminate the student's reading of a work and to increase ability to deal with genre; (2) oral and dramatic activities for providing students with another dimension of experience with literature and to aid comprehension and appreciation; and (3) writing activities, including noncritical, interpretive or critical, and imaginative. (CL)
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Note: Paper presented at the International Reading Association conference, Anaheim, Cal., May 6-9, 1970