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ERIC Number: EJ765116
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0022-8958
Linking the "Leaky Edges" of the Outside with the Individual Inside
Carlson, David Lee
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v43 n4 p154-157 Sum 2007
Throughout seven years of teaching in urban schools, the author discovered that the most effective ways to teach difficult literary texts was to refer to students' out-of-school activities. In other words, to connect the "leaky edges of the "social outside"" with the "individual inside" is to create a curriculum of "embodied relationships." This article discusses the ways he taught "Canterbury Tales" (Geoffrey Chaucer), the play "Twelve Angry Men" (Reginald Rose), "The House of Mirth" (Edith Wharton), "Fences" (August Wilson), and "Siddhartha" (Herman Hesse) to various groups of low-achieving secondary students in an urban high school in a large northeastern city. The author states that his primary concern as a literature teacher was not whether the students would memorize and comprehend the literary pieces, but rather that they would be able to make connections to the characters in the texts, understand the history, comprehend the events, and, thus, create embodied experiences of literature.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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