- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Heinemann; First Printing edition (February 10, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0867095407
- ISBN-13: 978-0867095401
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers First Printing Edition
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“Sheridan Blau is among the small number of writers who have really original things to say about teaching and learning.”–Gerald Graff
“Sheridan Blau is a gem in the English teaching profession: a teacher-researcher and an innovative teacher who blows the lid off of traditional forms of literary instruction.”–Jeff Wilhelm
“I cant think of a more helpful book about teaching literature. Its sophisticated, subtle, and responsive to complex theory - yet practical and accessible.”–Peter Elbow
About the Author
A past president of NCTE, a member of the National Writing Project Task Force, and teacher of literature for two generations of students, Sheridan Blau directs the South Coast Writing Project and the Literature Institute for Teachers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is a senior faculty member in the departments of English and Education.
Top customer reviews
The book reads quite interestingly, compared to other books. I suggest reading it in the summer, when you're not rushed. Seems like a lot to handle, but take your time and reread the parts you know are good, but are hard to grip.
This sort of thinking is going to transform teaching within the next 20 years. People will be pointing back to Blau in those times wondering why it took so long to embrace these ground-breaking concepts.
English instructors... be patient... this is gold.
Sheridan Blau describes the key common problems that students run into, such as assuming they can't understand difficult texts after only reading them once. And he gives--and demonstrates in several chapters through innovate "transcriptions" of reading workshops--ways to convince students that they can and should reread and create interpretations.
Blau expresses his ideas with great clarity and insight. I will definitely be using this material in my own literature classes, even photocopying some pages for my students to read.
Both Peter Elbow and Gerald Graff give this book glowing reviews on the back cover. The text is geared for those who teach introductory literature classes in college or secondary schools.
Essentially, this book is a complilation of teacher workshops along with commentary from Blau. The commentary includes the 'why' and 'how' for the activity, examples, discussion excerpts (about the activity) from classrooms as well as workshops,and the importance of its inclusion in the book.
This is a highly motivating manual! This book enabled me to teach my students that rereading is an essential tool for academic success by helping them to 'figure out' that each reading of a text/writing about a text produces more meaning and deeper comprehension. Awesome.