ERIC Number: ED374425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
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Rewriting the Book on Literature--Changes Sought in How Literature Is Taught, What Students Read.
ASCD Curriculum Update, Jun 1994
This article reports that curriculum experts see some slow but significant shifts in thinking regarding the role of literature in the K-12 curriculum. The article first discusses changes in elementary classrooms, such as the use of "real" literature in the form of trade books. Also considered is the call for new basal readers or content changes in older readers to reflect new views on the teaching of reading, such as the whole language approach. California has been successful in using literature throughout the curriculum. A continuing trend at all levels of education--elementary, middle, and secondary--is to broaden the scope of the literature curriculum to reflect diverse points of view (especially multicultural) and more contemporary offerings. One of the reasons for making a broader range of literature available to students is to increase the chance that they will "engage" or "connect" with the literature. This is an outgrowth of the widespread interest among teachers in reader response theory. Teachers have taken an eclectic path regarding the teaching of literature: organizing the curriculum around traditional genres, chronologies, or themes; using reader response techniques to foster student involvement; and relying on traditional techniques for studying individual texts. The article quotes Arthur Applebee, who calls for a well articulated, overall theory of the teaching and learning of literature. (NKA)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.