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Author MacLean, John V.

Title If you teach it, they will read : literature's life lessons for today's students / John V. MacLean
Published Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Education, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 149 pages)
Contents Introduction: Why Read Good Books?; Chapter One. The Search for Identity: Cyrano de Bergerac and A Lesson before Dying; Chapter Two. Rite of Passage: The Odyssey, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Heart of Darkness; Chapter Three. The Quest: Arthurian Legends, Siddhartha, and Song of Solomon; Chapter Four. I Want a Hero: The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, and Hamlet; Chapter Five. The Anti-Hero: Native Son and The Stranger; Chapter Six. Literary Devices; Chapter Seven. A Woman's Place: Medea and A Doll's House
Summary What does it mean to "teach" a poem, novel or play? Surely it is about lessons in comprehension and improvements in language facility, but what does literature teach us beyond literacy? Students can read substantive literature for what its authors intended: an insight into the human condition. Students, even those who appear indifferent, struggle with questions of right and wrong, good and evil, love and loss, self-interest and self-sacrifice. Using literature he has used with his students, MacLean insists that asking the right questions, discussing ideas that still matter, will show students
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Subject English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
Language arts (Secondary)
Reading (Secondary)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1607097796 (electronic bk.)
9781607097792 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)