ERIC Number: EJ1002961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Breaking down Literature Boxes while Traveling with the Little Prince
Steadman, Sharilyn C.
English Journal, v102 n1 p98-99 Sep 2012
Teach "The Little Prince" to senior English students? Senior Advanced Placement English students? What could these people who had analyzed "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man," wrestled with "The Sound and the Fury," dissected "Heart of Darkness," and deconstructed "East of Eden" possibly find of value in a "children's book"? The tendency to categorize literary texts and then think of them only within the little boxes in which educators have placed them, boxes with labels such as children's literature, young adult literature, canonical or classical literature, even British literature or American literature, serves to draw artificial barriers between the vast landscape of literary texts. These labels restrict educators' ability to offer students opportunities to encounter texts that may seem to fall "outside" the accepted curriculum, and as a result, they may miss the chance to introduce or reintroduce their students to the precise texts they need at the exact moments that they need them.
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, Adolescent Literature, Childrens Literature, English Instruction, Adolescents, Classics (Literature), Teaching Methods, Books, High School Seniors, Grade 12, High School Students, Reading
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 12; High Schools
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