Monday, March 19, 2012

Why Literature?


Question: Why study literature in school?

Answer: “…so students can examine their lives, the ultimate learning target of literature study.” P. 257.

Comment: Well, that’s one purpose for studying literature—one of many. I wonder if we have ever told students that learning about their own lives is a purpose for studying literature, and I wonder, if we did tell them, whether they would believe it? I even wonder if we have given students a purpose for reading a literary selection? Have we asked them what they think is the reason is for the teacher’s selecting a literary work to read? Have we asked them “What have you learned about yourself as a result of reading this piece of literature?”  If students are reading a “realistic” Young Adult novel, these questions might be answered more easily. What about the classics? RayS.

Title: “Permeable Textual Discussion in Tracked Language Arts Classrooms.” Kristine Gritter. Research in the Teaching of English (February 2012),232-259.

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