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Teaching Literature to Adolescents, 4th Edition

Now in its fourth edition, this popular textbook introduces prospective and practicing English teachers to current methods of teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms. This new edition broadens its focus to cover important topics such as critical race theory; perspectives on teaching fiction, nonfiction, and drama; the integration of digital literacy; and teacher research for ongoing learning and professional development. It underscores the value of providing students with a range of different critical approaches and tools for interpreting texts. It also addresses the need to organize literature instruction around topics and issues of interest to today’s adolescents. By using authentic dilemmas and contemporary issues, the authors encourage preservice English teachers and their instructors to raise and explore inquiry-based questions that center on the teaching of a variety of literary texts, both classic and contemporary, traditional and digital.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  •       Expanded attention to digital tools, multimodal learning, and teaching online
  •       New examples of teaching contemporary texts
  •       Expanded discussion and illustration of formative assessment
  •       Revised response activities for incorporating young adult literature into the literature curriculum
  •       Real-world examples of student work to illustrate how students respond to the suggested strategies
  •       Extended focus on infusing multicultural and diverse literature in the classroom


"[Teaching Literature to Adolescents] ... explains ways to get students fully engaged in the literature classroom—interpreting, discussing, and writing about literature...[The] authors may say it's for preservice English teachers, but don't kid yourself—new and veteran teachers alike can benefit from the text and its related website."
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

To access resource links, activities/units, and further readings for each of the chapters for the 4th edition, click on the relevant chapter in the right sidebar.  See also links to general topics related to teaching literature. To access chapter resources for the 3rd edition, open up the 3rd edition file in the right sidebar. 

The 4th edition of this book published in December 2020 is available from Routledge Press as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble 


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