If You Teach it, They Will Read: Literature's Life Lessons for Today's Students

If You Teach it, They Will Read: Literature's Life Lessons for Today's Students

By: John V. MacLean (author)Hardback

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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 that others have wrestled with the same issues, expressing that struggle in timeless stories. For the teacher of literature, the student of literature, the lover of literature, this book is a reminder of why, in the words of Maya Angelou, 'we stumble and fall, and how, miraculously, we can stand up.' What more important lesson is there?

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With degrees in English literature from Fordham University and the University of Oxford, John MacLean has been a mill hand, merchant seaman, church sacristan and assistant district attorney, all of which has helped him teach high school English for twenty-eight years.


Chapter 1 Introduction: Why Read Good Books? Chapter 2 "Who's There?" Cyrano de Bergerac and A Lesson Before Dying Chapter 3 Rite of Passage - The Odyssey, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Heart of Darkness Chapter 4 The Quest - Arthurian Legends, Siddhartha, The Song of Solomon Chapter 5 I Want a Hero - The Canterbury Tales, Beowulf, Hamlet Chapter 6 Or an Anti-Hero - Native Son, The Stranger Chapter 7 Literary Devices Chapter 8 A Woman's Place - Medea, A Doll's House Chapter 9 The Little Things That Matter - Emma, Pride and Prejudice Chapter 10 Dealing with Loss - "The Wanderer," The Hemingway Hero, The Tempest Chapter 11 The Need to Dream, Of Mice and Men, The Glass Menagerie, The Great Gatsby Chapter 12 The Weight of the Past - Oedipus, The Piano Lesson Chapter 13 Private Morality and Second Chances - The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible, The Kite Runner Chapter 14 Throwing the Good Away - Macbeth, Fences, Death of a Salesman Chapter 15 Love, Actually - Twelfth Night, Othello, Wuthering Heights Chapter 16 Some Great Deed, The Iliad Chapter 17 Final Thoughts

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/09/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781607097778
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 166
  • ID: 9781607097778
  • weight: 399
  • ISBN10: 160709777X

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