ERIC Number: ED341052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Using Guided Assignments To Teach Literature.
Beach, Richard; And Others
This document provides a rationale (theory) and some models (application) to help secondary teachers develop their own "guided assignments"--road maps which offer young readers structured assistance in reading literature. The guide's first section provides a theoretical framework and blueprint for guided assignments. It begins by explaining the nature of literary response and then goes on to describe how "traditional assignments" fail to elicit or develop adequate responses from student readers. It also explains what guided assignments are, how they work, and how to construct them. The second section consists of a set of four classroom tested models of guided assignments. The first model, a guided assignment for "Romeo and Juliet," provides a bridge to the first section by including an "internal teacher dialogue" which shows how a teacher might use the suggestions provided in the first section to construct an assignment. The final three models include only the final product, represent three different literary genres (poetry, short story, and drama), and (depending on the assignment) could be used with upper elementary through senior high students. (SR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.