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Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents, Second Edition (Language & Literacy Series) (Language and Literacy) Second Edition
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The first chapter, "The Case for Critical Theory in the Classroom," is teacher-oriented in that Applebaum anticipates potential pitfalls for the teacher who wishes to include critical theory in a typical high school curriculum. She acknowledges that there is "tension between presenting literature as cultural artifacts...for those who favor a more progressive approach to education." This tension she suggests can be reduced by forthrightly examining "our notions of what literacy is, of what students should read, and of what it means to read well." Critical theory she sees as the lever by which all this may be done.Read more ›
There are so few books out there on methodology that combine theory and practice the way that Appleman's book does. It's worth the price for this alone. I agree with another reviewer about the over-emphasis on student work examples and anecdotes (I skimmed over many of these), but the practical strategies and lessons to use with high school English students are invaluable. Most get the students involved and doing the work. These strategies require students to think about what they read and to respond to what they read critically.
If you're tired of the typical Reader-Response papers you've been requiring and/or receiving from students who are capable of much deeper thinking, buy this book!
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This gives some great lessons and some wonderful was into literary crit for teachers and students.Published 17 months ago by MS
The content was helpful as were the worksheets in the back; however, I think many were redundant and could have been combined into a generic set of charts to be used for various... Read morePublished 20 months ago by ANGELA WAGNER
This is one of the smartest books on secondary critical literacy instruction I've read. Useful and makes all the arguments to a broad range of stances.Published on June 20, 2014 by Elisabeth Johnson
I had been trying to discover the simplest way to introduce literary theory to my students. Appleman offers immediately useful and easily adaptable activities for both the... Read morePublished on April 12, 2014 by Victoria McCall
Amazing writing, that was entertaining/engaging to read. Also there were practical, usable examples in the back that also included handouts that could be copied or reproduced... Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by Lexi Lamb
I used this book with my 11th grade American Literature class & could see using it with all levels of high school students. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by A. Lepi
This book is a straightforward approach to critical lens theory. It helps the reader grasp the fundamental concepts that are necessary to teach high school and college level... Read morePublished on October 20, 2009 by K. Dallas
This book is very useful in giving you ideas on how to teach literary theory to those who are unfamiliar with it. Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by Christina Cereghini