ERIC Number: ED306584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Novels of Initiation: A Guidebook for Teaching Literature to Adolescents.
Intended as a guidebook for high school English teachers, this book contains analyses of American novels commonly read in high school English classes. Each chapter is divided into two sections: an analysis of the novel, including discussions of story and setting, characters, themes, and language and style; and a guide to teaching the novel in the classroom, containing suggestions for approaching the novel, writing and discussion topics, and bridges to related literary works. Two appendixes provide sample thematic units, with listings of appropriate titles, and a selective list of other American novels of initiation. A glossary lists literary terms discussed throughout the book. Novels covered in the book consist of: (1) "The Catcher in the Rye" (J. D. Salinger); (2) "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (Mark Twain); (3) "The Chocolate War" (Robert Cormier); (4) "Ordinary People" (Judith Guest); (5) "The Bell Jar" (Sylvia Plath); (6) "The Great Gatsby" (F. Scott Fitzgerald); (7) "The Red Badge of Courage" (Stephen Crane); (8) "To Kill a Mockingbird" (Harper Lee); (9) "Member of the Wedding" (Carson McCullers); (10) "The Red Pony" (John Steinbeck); (11) "A Day No Pigs Would Die" (Robert Newton Peck); and (12) "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" (Mildred D. Taylor). (MM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Literature, English Instruction, High Schools, Literary Criticism, Literature Appreciation, Novels, Teaching Methods, Twentieth Century Literature, United States Literature
Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 ($17.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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