ERIC Number: ED307621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Romancing the Monuments.
Otto, Don H.
Illinois English Bulletin, v76 n3 p39-44 Spr 1989
Now that senior high school English teachers are once more under pressure to teach literary masterpieces, they may find help in some of the practices of creative English teachers in the post-Sputnik era (1957-1963). Those practices worked. Not only did the kids meet great authors and their books, but the encounters were relatively painless. In fact, most kids and teachers enjoyed the experience. In the meantime, what happened in high school English classes met the demand of all those who sit in distant offices and render judgments on those who do the work. The practices included (1) having the teacher become part of the class and taking the students along on an adventure; (2) showing students what the teacher finds enjoyable in the literature; (3) challenging students to find things to like that the teacher has not seen; (4) inviting students to look in literature for relevance to their lives; and (5) helping them discover the universals in literary works. (MS)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Urbana.