Doing Literary Criticism

Helping Students Engage with Challenging Texts

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.

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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, historic...read more

About the Author(s)

Tim Gillespie is a veteran of 38 years of public school teaching. A winner of a National High School English Teacher of Excellence Award from NCTE, he wrote regularly about his classroom experiences during his years in the classroom.

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

Product Details

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

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