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ERIC Number: ED053872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 10
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Using Good Literature to Teach Reading: Prostitution or Promise?
Earle, Richard A.
The use of good literature in teaching reading can mean the relegation of literature to the role of a vehicle for instruction rather than a process of encountering human experiences. Four principles underlying a quality literature instruction program help determine whether good literature is being used or abused: (1) wide exposure to many levels, qualities, and types of literature; (2) quality exposure as dictated by the curriculum, department, or teacher; (3) the opportunity for free pursuit of reading materials; and (4) the appropriate use of skills instruction. The fourth principle is crucial. The teaching of reading skills is merely a part of guiding students toward analysis and interpretation of literature. The teacher must examine literature for the literary content as well as for the reading processes involved. The teacher can then construct guides which will help the students experience the literature in an appropriate intellectual-emotional manner. Reading skills instruction must stem from content objectives and be incorporated in a broad program of literature instruction. Sample written guides for "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost and references are included. (AL)
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Note: Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Atlantic City, N.J., Apr. 19-23, 1971