Teaching Literature to Adolescents

2nd Edition

By Richard Beach, Deborah Appleman, Bob Fecho, Rob Simon

© 2011 – Routledge

274 pages

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pub: 2010-11-08
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About the Book

Designed to introduce prospective English teachers to current methods of teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms, this popular textbook explores a variety of innovative approaches that incorporate reading, writing, drama, talk, and media production. Each chapter is organized around specific questions that English educators often hear in working with preservice teachers. The text engages readers in considering the dilemmas and issues facing literature teachers through inquiry-based responses to authentic case narratives. A Companion Website, http://teachingliterature.pbworks.com, provides resources and enrichment activities, inviting teachers to consider important issues in the context of their own current or future classrooms.

New in the second edition:

  • more attention to the use of digital texts from use of online literature to digital storytelling to uses of online discussion and writing tools incorporated throughout
  • new chapter on teaching young adult literature
  • new chapter on teaching reading strategies essential to interpreting literature
  • more references to examples of teaching multicultural literature.


"Teaching Literature to Adolescents provides chapter after chapter to help preservice English teachers prepare themselves to be more effective in the classroom…[It] explains ways to get students fully engaged in the literature classroom--interpreting, discussing, and writing about literature…[The] authors may say it's for preservice English teachers, but don't kid yourself--new and veteran teachers alike can benefit from the text and its related website."--Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, October 2007

"This book would be extremely useful for secondary English teachers in the field, because it is based on a variety of critical lenses, not just the usual reader-response approach. An additional benefit is that the infusion of multicultural literature with the largely white literature canon fosters a critical analysis of how a writer reveals race, class, and gender in literature. Recommended. General readers, upper-division undergraduates through practitioners."--CHOICE

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Goals for Teaching Literature: What Does It Mean to Teach Literature? Understanding Students' Individual Differences: Who Are My Students? Planning and Organizing Literature Instruction: How Do I Decide What to Teach? Using Drama to Foster Interpretation: How Can I Help Students Read Better? Leading Classroom Discussions of Literature: How Do I Get Students to Talk About Literature? Using Narratives in the Classroom for Both Teaching and Learning Literature: What's the Use of Story? Teaching Text and Task-Specific Strategies: How Does the Shape of a Text Change the Shape of My Teaching? Teaching the Classics: Do I Have to Teach the Canon, and If So, How Do I Do It? Multiple Perspectives to Engage Students With Literature: What Are Different Ways of Seeing? Teaching Media Literacy: What Else Is a Text and How Do I Teach It? Assessing and Evaluating Students' Learning: How Do I Know What Students Have Learned? Text Selection, Censorship, Creating an Ethical Classroom Environment, and Teacher Professionalism: How Do I Stay in Control, Out of Trouble, and Continue to Develop as a Teacher?

About the Authors

Richard Beach is Professor of English Education, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Deborah Appleman is the Hollis L. Caswell Professor and Chair of Educational Studies and Director of the Summer Writing Program at Carleton College.

Susan Hynds is Professor Emerita of English Education, Syracuse University.

Jeffrey Wilhelm is Professor of English Education, Boise State University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Reading & Phonics