Students often have very specific responses to literature and are surprised when peers they know and respect respond differently, even in a polar opposite way. Teaching students to evaluate literature based on the Nine Yardsticks of Value* is one way of preparing them to have civil conversations because the students will have developed a vocabulary to describe reasons how and why literature impacts them in a particular way.
These handouts will help.
Below is a list of the Nine Yardsticks
Yardsticks of Value
|Reflection of Real Life|
|Artistry in Details|
*Adapted by Anna J. Roseboro from work of Walter Blair and John Gerber in their 1959 textbook LITERATURE published by Scott Foresman