Evaluating Literature: “Measure for Measure”

MCTE: Bright Ideas Conference – (Handouts below)

Measure for Measure : Reading and Writing About Literature Using Nine Yardsticks of Value

Presenter: Anna J. Small Roseboro, Grand Rapids, Michigan

High school students sometimes question the value of reading the assigned books and wonder how educators choose the literature studied in English/Language Arts classes. More puzzling to these teenagers is why teachers think the literature is good, when the students do not.

In this interactive workshop you will learn how a unit on evaluating literature can help students understand why they respond to literature in the ways they do; expand their vocabulary for discussing and writing about literature more articulately, and read and analyze published literary criticism more insightfully. Using these “yardsticks” seems to free students to write honestly about literary works they may not have enjoyed; became more open-minded readers, more patient, allowing the skills of a complex writer to draw them in, to amaze them, or to inform them.

Thanks so much for attending the workshop on evaluating literature and reading literary criticism. Here are the resources you can use to adapt for your teaching.

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