Classics in the Classroom: Designing Accessible Literature Lessons

Classics in the Classroom Designing Accessible Literature Lessons Reading the classics isn t easy Students often balk at the difficult syntax unfamiliar settings and descriptive passages Length alone keeps some books out of the curriculum For a teacher to persist

  • Title: Classics in the Classroom: Designing Accessible Literature Lessons
  • Author: Carol Jago
  • ISBN: 9780325005904
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reading the classics isn t easy Students often balk at the difficult syntax, unfamiliar settings, and descriptive passages Length alone keeps some books out of the curriculum For a teacher to persist sometimes coaxing, sometimes driving requires an act of will In Classics in the Classroom Carol Jago provides practical ideas for making these challenging texts come aReading the classics isn t easy Students often balk at the difficult syntax, unfamiliar settings, and descriptive passages Length alone keeps some books out of the curriculum For a teacher to persist sometimes coaxing, sometimes driving requires an act of will In Classics in the Classroom Carol Jago provides practical ideas for making these challenging texts come alive for contemporary students.Continuing in the tradition of her popular book With Rigor for All, Jago argues that all students, not just those enrolled in honors classes, deserve to read great literature To make this happen requires artfully crafted lessons that address specific textual challenges In Classics in the Classroom Jago shares her lesson plans and materials for teaching vocabulary character study story grammar literary elements metaphorical thinking Jago also offers practical wisdom for helping all students learn and enjoy great literature Simply assigning books is not enough Teachers need an instructional plan that makes difficult texts accessible.

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    1. First, a few positives. This book definitely contains wonderful lesson and activity ideas, regardless of what texts a teacher chooses to use them for. Also, I greatly respect the author's value of challenging her students - while I find myself in profound disagreement with most of what this book contains, I agree that students needs to be challenged in their reading and their thinking. That is the only way learning can occur.This book, however, is founded on some terribly erroneous ideas. The fi [...]

    2. I'm somewhere in between Carol Jago and Kelly Gallagher. I didn't need any convincing to use classics in the classroom, but I let students read whatever they want for recreational reading. Some reviews accuse Jago of promoting a teacher-driven classroom, and I think she does, and I think it's fine. She's the one who has the experience to guide students through complex literature, and -- based on her discussions of how she teaches -- I think she probably does it really well.I've been teaching a l [...]

    3. For teachers struggling w/ the classics vs. contemporary lit debate, NCTE president offers practical advice and strategies for teaching classic literature. I particularly like to prescient points Jago makes: The literature teachers teach should be literature students cannot read on their own; teachers must challenge students to teach beyond the "zone of minimal effort." When students challenge the study of classic texts by saying such things as "What does this have to do with my life," Jago resp [...]

    4. I found Jago's attitude toward contemporary young adult texts incredibly misguided and incorrect. From following her on Twitter, however, I think her attitude has changed a bit since the publishing of this book in 2004. I can understand her thesis and see a case for bringing classics in the classroom, but when kids come to us today with so many different reading abilities, I struggle with approaching it in a whole class manner. I read this book as part of my research project for a graduate class [...]

    5. I did really like her approach to teaching challenging works and I also enjoyed how she gives more than just philosophy and pedagogy-actual examples from her classes. But I marked it down because I think she is missing one of the most important components-teaching students to love reading. I think a lot of the high school students I know would leave her class hating reading. It's a shame, because then they might not read the classics after graduation, when they're older and can appreciate them b [...]

    6. This is a very strict approach to teaching literature, and it really shot down some of the ideas and methods I have about teaching English. However, I still really liked a lot of the ideas here, and while I may not ascribe to all of them, I think it will be good for me to add more balance to my teaching philosophy. In the end, I still side more with a Kelly Gallagher approach which is a 50/50 student-choice and classic literature curriculum.

    7. The author argues her case convincingly yet appears to be in denial regarding the many real issues that exist in the average classroom that prevent a large percentage of students from tackling the difficult load of classics she suggests. In ways, Jago plays into the hands of the NCLBers whose "make it so" rhetoric is unrealistic and disingenuous at best and out-and-out dangerous at worst.

    8. She holds up high academic standards and is a real professional/constant learner in her field. My kind of teacher!

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