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Envisioning Literature : Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction



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This updated text argues that literature fosters ways of thinking that go far beyond understanding the conventions of genre and text. It involves literate thinking that takes students beyond improved performance on high-stakes tests and prepares them for their future in the 21st century. This revision of Judith Langer's classic bestseller builds on more than 15 years of research and development projects in elementary, middle, and high schools, in inner-city as well as suburban and rural communities. Filled with classroom examples from across the grades and the voices of students and teachers, this book continues to be a practical and influential resource for the English Language Arts classroom.

Author Biography

Judith A. Langer is and internationally known scholar in literacy learning and Distinguished Professor at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She is the author of Getting to Excellent: How to Create Better Schools.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Literary Thought and Literate Mindp. 1
Why Teach Literature?p. 2
The Literate Mindp. 2
A Classroom Examplep. 3
Literature in Lifep. 5
Literature in Schoolsp. 6
What Is Literary Understanding?p. 6
Building Envisionmentsp. 10
Interacting with Textsp. 11
Stances During Envisionment Buildingp. 16
A Classroom Examplep. 22
The Nature of Literary Experiencep. 26
Orientations Toward Meaningp. 26
Some Classroom Examplesp. 35
Life and Thoughtp. 39
Shifting Orientations in Literaturep. 41
The Classroom as a Social Setting for Envisionment Buildingp. 48
What Literary Discussions Look Likep. 50
Two Classroom Experiencesp. 55
The Creation of Communitiesp. 63
A Practical Pedagogyp. 66
Principles of Practicep. 67
A Class in Actionp. 72
The Envisionment-Building Classroomp. 87
Strategies for Teachingp. 89
Collaborative Support in Schoolp. 91
Examples of Collaborative Support Across the Gradesp. 94
Teaching Options: The Lesson as Activityp. 99
Does Anything Go?p. 106
Ongoing Assessment: Evolving Goalsp. 107
Literature for Students the System Has Failedp. 112
The Reading Roomp. 113
A 9th-Grade English Class: Students with Special Needsp. 118
Lovell Middle School: A Poor Urban Communityp. 121
Junior High 306: Bilingual and ESL Classesp. 125
Building Envisionmentsp. 131
Learning Literary Concepts and Vocabularyp. 132
Literary Knowledge in the Envisionment-Building Classroomp. 132
Teachable Momentsp. 135
Literature Across the Curriculump. 144
Introducing Literary Thinking in Subject-Area Classroomsp. 145
Integrating Literature Across the Curriculum: A Team Approachp. 150
Literature and Writingp. 152
Closing Thoughts: Literature in School and Lifep. 155
Afterword: Teachers' Reflectionsp. 159
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 173
About the Authorp. 180
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