Introducing a new framework for teaching and learning literature in secondary schools, this book presents Dialogic Literary Argumentation as an inquiry-based approach to engage students in communicating and exploring ideas about literature. As a process of discovery, Dialogic Literary Argumentation facilitates conversation—"arguing-to-learn"—as a method to support students’ diverse perspectives and engagement with one another in order to develop individual and collective understandings of literature and their place in the world. Covering both the theoretical foundation and application of this method, this book demonstrates how to apply Dialogic Literary Argumentation to teach literature in a way that foregrounds dialogue, learning through inquiry, diverse views, listening to others, and engagement with our communities. Ideal for preservice teachers in literacy methods courses and practicing teachers, it features real-world cases, discussions of the principles presented, resource lists, and conversation starters for professional learning communities, professional development, and teacher education.
Chapter 1 - Introduction Section
I. Foundations for Teaching Dialogic Literary Argumentation: Learning to Argue
Chapter 2 – What is Dialogic Literary Argumentation?
Chapter 3 – Reading and Writing Literature are Social and Dialogic
Chapter 4 – Classroom Conversations to Promote the Principles of Dialogic Literary Argumentation and to Establish a Shared Language for Engaging Literature
Chapter 5 – Establishing a Dialogic Rationality
Section II. Embracing Complexity: Arguing to Learn
Chapter 6 – Argumentation as Inquiry and Learning
Chapter 7 – Dialogic Literary Argumentation as Exploration of the Human Condition
Chapter 8 – Creating a Classroom Environment that Encourages Learning to take Risks with Dialogic Literary Argumentation
Chapter 9 – Conceptualizing Dialogic Literary Argumentation across the Academic Year
Section III Assessing Student Work and Engagement with Dialogic Literary Argumentation
Chapter 10 – Assessing Students’ Judgement and Insight with Dialogic Literary Argumentation Over Time
Chapter 11 – Providing Feedback on Students’ Written Dialogic Literary Arguments