Envisioning Literature Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction

ISBN-10: 0807751294

ISBN-13: 9780807751299

Edition: 2nd 2010 (Revised)

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Description: This updated text argues that literature fosters ways of thinking that go far beyond understanding the conventions of genre and text. It involves literate thinking that takes students beyond improved performance on high-stakes tests and prepares them for their future in the 21st century. This revision of Judith Langer's classic bestseller builds on more than 15 years of research and development projects in elementary, middle, and high schools, in inner-city as well as suburban and rural communities. Filled with classroom examples from across the grades and the voices of students and teachers, this book continues to be a practical and influential resource for the English Language Arts classroom.

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 11/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Preface
Literary Thought and Literate Mind
Why Teach Literature?
The Literate Mind
A Classroom Example
Literature in Life
Literature in Schools
What Is Literary Understanding?
Building Envisionments
Interacting with Texts
Stances During Envisionment Building
A Classroom Example
The Nature of Literary Experience
Orientations Toward Meaning
Some Classroom Examples
Life and Thought
Shifting Orientations in Literature
The Classroom as a Social Setting for Envisionment Building
What Literary Discussions Look Like
Two Classroom Experiences
The Creation of Communities
A Practical Pedagogy
Principles of Practice
A Class in Action
The Envisionment-Building Classroom
Strategies for Teaching
Collaborative Support in School
Examples of Collaborative Support Across the Grades
Teaching Options: The Lesson as Activity
Does Anything Go?
Ongoing Assessment: Evolving Goals
Literature for Students the System Has Failed
The Reading Room
A 9th-Grade English Class: Students with Special Needs
Lovell Middle School: A Poor Urban Community
Junior High 306: Bilingual and ESL Classes
Building Envisionments
Learning Literary Concepts and Vocabulary
Literary Knowledge in the Envisionment-Building Classroom
Teachable Moments
Literature Across the Curriculum
Introducing Literary Thinking in Subject-Area Classrooms
Integrating Literature Across the Curriculum: A Team Approach
Literature and Writing
Closing Thoughts: Literature in School and Life
Afterword: Teachers' Reflections
References
Index
About the Author
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