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ERIC Number: ED179990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Progress of a Young Reader.
Logan, Carolyn
The reading habits by which students formulate a critical analysis of a literary work should focus attention on the choices that a writer makes when putting words on paper. These choices include sound, diction, language, imagery, organization, metaphors, sentence structure, transitions, allusions, and patterns. Discussing these choices does not exclude the consideration of ideas; the understanding of a writer's careful language choices makes ideas clear for the readers. Investing students' time in attending to an author's language usage is more profitable than spending time to indulge opinions of what students like and do not like. For students who have not learned to see the craft that is on the page, this type of analysis is more practical than a lecture about the specific literary period or the author's personal life at the time the literary work was created. It gives students a consistent set of questions that makes them aware of language, the writer's tool. When students learn to analyze the language of the text as the writer's craft, they have not only an appreciation of the complexities and beauties of the language, but also a better understanding of what the writer said. They have learned to see more than reflections of themselves and they have sharpened their literary tastes with a specific analytical method. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (33rd, Albuquerque, NM, October 18-20, 1979)