1st Edition

Learning and Teaching Literature with the Arts for Social Justice

    188 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    188 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This text invites pre-service teachers to explore arts-informed practices that showcase the transformative potential of literature in the classroom. Through the lens of "stories-we-live-by," the authors recognize literature as interference, capable of disrupting the habitual patterns through which we interpret the world in order to reawaken the capacity of students and teachers alike to change. Chapters are designed to inspire students’ love of literature by fostering literary and artful encounters that provoke their thinking and sense-making. Each chapter includes engaging pedagogical features that spark thinking and analysis of literature and invite readers to further engagement. The appendices include directions for instruction as well as additional resources.

    An essential text for courses on children’s and adolescent literature and English methods, pre-service teachers will come away with plenty of text recommendations and arts- and social justice-informed practices to use with their future students. Through artful encounters with visual learning analyses, visual-verbal journals, drama, soundscapes, poetry, and so much more, readers examine their own transformative experiences with literature. Readers will learn to craft and curate practices that encourage engagement, imagination, experimentation, and self-awareness in and beyond the classroom.


    List of Figures



    List of Contributors

    Chapter 1. What Can the Amazon River Basin Teach Us About the Stories-We-Live-By?: Flows Meeting Other Flows

    Chapter 2. What Can Flying Frogs Teach Us About the Stories-We-Live-By?: Rationalism

    Chapter 3. What Can a Fork in the Road Teach Us about the Stories-We-Live-By?:

    Individualism & Meritocracy

    Chapter 4. What Can Christopher Columbus Teach Us About the Stories-We-Live-By?: The American Dream

    Chapter 5. What Can Expanding Circles Teach Us About the Stories-We-Live-By?: Active Hope

    Appendix A. Directions for Artful Encounters

    Appendix B. Annotated Text Set for Interfering with the American Dream Story-We-Live-By

    Appendix C. Text Set for Literature with Multiple Narrators



    Karen Spector is Associate Professor of English Education and Literacy at the University of Alabama, USA.

    James S. Chisholm is Associate Professor of English Education at University of Louisville, USA.

    Kathryn F. Whitmore is Department Chair and Professor of Early Childhood Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA.