If You Teach It, They Will Read: Literature's Life Lessons by John V. MacLean

By John V. MacLean

What does it suggest to 'teach' a poem, novel or play? definitely it really is approximately classes in comprehension and enhancements in language facility, yet what does literature educate us past literacy? scholars can learn considerable literature for what its authors meant: an perception into the human situation. scholars, even those that seem detached, fight with questions of correct and mistaken, solid and evil, love and loss, self-interest and self-sacrifice. utilizing literature he has used together with his scholars, MacLean insists that asking the fitting questions, discussing rules that also topic, will express scholars that others have wrestled with an identical matters, expressing that fight in undying tales. For the instructor of literature, the coed of literature, the sweetheart of literature, this ebook is a reminder of why, within the phrases of Maya Angelou, 'we stumble and fall, and the way, miraculously, we will stand up.' What extra very important lesson is there?

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These issues are rich in suggestion for high school students. Are they carrying around a bag of bones, the weight of ancestry? What’s in that bag, and not just as a burden but as something sacred and ennobling? From whence did they get their own names? What did their parents intend by those names? What of their nicknames? What did they do to earn them, and if they could, what new name would they give themselves as they go off to college and start with a relatively clean slate? What stories do they have in their family treasury?

David Denby, “Jungle Fever,” in Gene M. ), Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, A Casebook. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004. 12. Tim O’Brien, “The Sweetheart of the Song Tra Bong,” in The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990. 13. Hazel Rochman and Darlene Z. ), Leaving Home. New York: HarperCollins, 1997. indd 24 6/28/10 11:50 AM Chapter Three The Quest Arthurian Legends, Siddhartha, and Song of Solomon What am I looking for in life? Is selflessness old fashioned? Can our struggles make us noble?

The wonderful echoes at the end of Mallory are not for the once and future king who will return to save England, but for the possibility of a world where we all try to be as good as we can. Why else would Hollywood, the Broadway stage, children’s books, and video games still evoke the memory of the round table? 3 I inherited a closet full of dog-eared copies when I inherited the class from a retiring teacher, and I had my doubts about the book. It seemed a relic of the 1960s, and I wondered what students of a different era would make of a quest for the meaning of life set in ancient India.

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