ERIC Number: ED406666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Reader-Response Approaches to Teaching Literature. Fastback 417.
McAlpine, Gwen; Warren, Janice
This fastback serves as a brief guide to several strategies for teaching literature in the high school English classroom, including sample assignments for advanced classes and for students with special interests. Techniques are presented for teaching literature using individual response, small-group work, and whole-class instruction. Teaching strategies presented in the fastback include the use of reading interest inventories, reading journals, small-group discussions of literature and book talks, and script writing. It is noted that these kinds of assignments lay the groundwork for helping young people to understand themselves as readers and to enjoy reading in the classroom. The fastback also points out that reader-response theory is consistent with a student-centered, whole language approach to teaching language arts. (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, English Instruction, High Schools, Journal Writing, Language Arts, Literature Appreciation, Reader Response, Reading Interests, Student Centered Curriculum, Teaching Methods
Phi Delta Kappa, 408 N. Union, P.O. Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402-0789 ($1.25 plus processing fee).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.