The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers

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Boynton/cook Publ % Hein Attn, 2003 - Education - 242 pages
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In this groundbreaking book, Sheridan Blau introduces the literature workshop as the most effective approach to solving many of the classic instructional problems that perplex beginning and veteran teachers of literature. Through lively re-creations of actual workshops that he regularly conducts for students and teachers, Blau invites his readers to become active participants in workshops on such topics as:

  • helping students read more difficult texts than they think they can read
  • where interpretations come from
  • the problem of background knowledge in teaching classic texts
  • how to deal with competing and contradictory interpretations
  • what's worth saying about a literary text
  • balancing respect for readers with respect for texts and intellectual authority
  • ensuring that literary discussions are lively and productive
  • how to develop valuable and engaging writing assignments.
Each workshop includes reflections on what transpired and a discussion of the workshop's rationale and outcomes in the larger context of an original and practice-based theory of literary competence and instruction.

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User Review  - Karinna Jones - Goodreads

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User Review  - Luke Hawley - Goodreads

If you teach Lit, you need to read this book. Blau's ideas about what ought to be learned in a Lit class are refreshing and, at the same time, common sense. I can't rate the pedagogy of this book high enough. Read full review


Lessons on Learning Literature
The Literature Workshop in Action
How Readers and Texts Make Meaning

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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.

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