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Doing Literary Criticism

Helping Students Engage with Challenging Texts

Tim Gillespie

One of the greatest challenges for English language arts teachers today is the call to engage students in more complex texts. Tim Gillespie, who has taught in public schools for almost four decades, has found the lenses of literary criticism a powerful tool for helping students tackle challenging literary texts.


Find out how one teacher put Tim's "Reader Response" essay strategy into action in her classroom.

 


Foreword by Leila Christenbury

Product Details

  • Author: Tim Gillespie
  • ISBN: 978-157110-842-5
  • Year: 2010
  • Media: 320 pp/paper + CD
  • Grade Range: 7-12
  • Item No: WEB-0842

One of the greatest challenges for English language arts teachers today is the call to engage students in more complex texts. Tim Gillespie, who has taught in public schools for almost four decades, has found the lenses of literary criticism a powerful tool for helping students tackle challenging literary texts.

Tim breaks down the dense language of critical theory into clear, lively, and thorough explanations of many schools of critical thought -- reader response, biographical, historical, psychological, archetypal, genre based, moral, philosophical, feminist, political, formalist, and postmodern.

Doing Literary Criticism gives each theory its own chapter with a brief, teacher-friendly overview and a history of the approach, along with an in-depth discussion of its benefits and limitations. Each chapter also includes ideas for classroom practices and activities. Using stories from his own English classes -- from alternative programs to advanced placement and everything in between -- Tim provides a wealth of specific classroom-tested suggestions for discussion, essay and research paper topics, recommended texts, exam questions, and more.

The accompanying CD offers abbreviated overviews of each theory (designed to be used as classroom handouts), examples of student work, collections of quotes to stimulate discussion and writing, an extended history of women writers, and much more.

Ultimately, Doing Literary Criticism offers teachers a rich set of materials and tools to help their students become more confident and able readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Foreword by Leila Christenbury
Introduction
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Reader Response Criticism
Chapter 3: Biographical Criticism
Chapter 4: Historical Criticism
Chapter 5: Psychological Criticism
Chapter 6: Archetypal Criticism
Chapter 7: Genre Criticism
Chapter 8: Moral Criticism
Chapter 9: Philosophical Criticism
Chapter 10: Feminist Criticism
Chapter 11: Political or Advocacy Criticism
Chapter 12: Formalist Criticism
Chapter 13: Putting It All Together
Acknowledgments
References
Index

About the Author

Tim Gillespie
Tim Gillespie is a 37-year public school teaching veteran. A winner of a National High School English Teacher of Excellent Award from NCTE, he has written regularly about his classroom experiences over the years. >more

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