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ERIC Number: EJ788561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
The Rules of the Game in an Introductory Literature Class
Jones, Ed
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v35 p282-292 Mar 2008
While focusing on Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress," the author came up with the Interpretation Game, a game that had a simple set of rules designed to promote engaged academic discussion and, at the same time, to overcome problems that students have in class discussion about literature. In this article, the author narrates a few instances of the Interpretation Game to give instructors a feel for it, explains what he thinks accounts for the game's success, articulates how interested teachers might try it out in their classrooms, and provides a larger context for the value of games and rules in the literature classroom. Running in the background is this claim: that students are remarkably adaptive, that they naturally take to interpretation when given explicit ways to talk, and that, in the context of a game, rules for discourse can liberate.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A