ERIC Number: ED353576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
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Returning the Human to the Humanities at All Levels.
Quayhagen, Patricia A.
A high school English teacher in rural Louisiana installed a small "library" in her classroom in order to give students a love of literature and of reading. The library included a motley selection of paperbacks, many from local secondhand bookstores, ranging from children's books through the classics. As a spur to students' interest and imagination, the teacher used videos of some of the works. The class read Robert Frost as well as Shakespeare, Yeats, and a heavy helping of William Faulkner. Many of the students, although they were experiencing "literature" for the first time, became eager readers, and enjoyed a new sense of "being educated." Later, as a graduate assistant, this teacher taught university classes in remedial English. To the standard fare of grammar remediation she added Aesop's fables and classic myths, and found that much of the time students were entranced by the stories. Even in the most basic remediation work of learning to recognize parts of speech, sentences reworked from fables and myths kept students' interest. Literary reworkings of short stories of the American South also fired students' interest. Many students were moved by these "little bits" of literature to search out and read the real thing. (SR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana