ERIC Number: ED102572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
On Teaching the Process of Literature: The Various Levels of Understanding.
Scharff, Charles E.
This paper discusses the benefits of teaching literature through levels of understanding so that teachers can more quickly and efficiently determine the operational levels of individual students. The seven levels of understanding and some of the generic questions by which they can be determined are: (1) perceptual level: "What happened, when, where, and to whom?" (2) affective level: "How did you feel about a character?" (3) inferential level: "Why did the character act that way?" (4) generalization level: "What is the theme or central idea?" (5) symbolic level: "What allegorical, symbolic meaning is suggested?" (6) myth/archetype level: "What event or cultural hero does this work seem to parallel?" and (7) psycho-social level: "What kinds of people respond to this work?" (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (64th, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 28-30, 1974)