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Welcome to the Companion Website for Teaching Literature to Adolescents


This wiki is designed to support the book, Teaching Literature to Adolescents, 2nd edition by Richard Beach, Deborah Appleman, Susan Hynds, and Jeffrey Wilhelm, Routledge, 2011. For further information and orders, click here. This book is also available as a Kindle edition.


Teaching Literature to AdolescentsDesigned to introduce prospective English teachers to current methods of teaching literature in middle and high school classrooms, this popular textbook explores a variety of innovative approaches that incorporate reading, writing, drama, talk, and media production. Each chapter is organized around specific questions that English educators often hear in working with preservice teachers. The text engages readers in considering the dilemmas and issues facing literature teachers through inquiry-based responses to authentic case narratives.


"Teaching Literature to Adolescents provides chapter after chapter to help preservice English teachers prepare themselves to be more effective in the classroom...[It] 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, October 2007


Navigating this Website

This website is organized according to two major categories: Chapters and General categories (see the Sidebar to the right).


When you click on Chapters, you will find Links, Activities, and Further reading. Within each book chapter, there are specific references to Links on this site. Activities include classroom teaching activities. Further reading includes other related readings.


When you click on General categories, you will find Links that cut across chapters related to different aspects of teaching literature; for example, you will find links related to teaching contemporary American literature.


Adding Activities or Units

You can be approved to add material from the wiki by applying for access as an Editor. Click on Log In on the upper right corner to apply for access. Email Richard at rbeach@umn.edu indicating that you’ve requested access by identifying your educational or organization affiliation so that he can grant you access as an editor; requests for promotion of commercial products will not be approved. If you've been approved as an Editor, follow these instructions to add material:


  • Go to a certain relevant chapter, and click on Activities and Units. Then, click on Edit.
  • On the right side, you’ll see Images and Files. Click on that to upload a file.
  • Once the file is uploaded, click on where you want the file to be stored on the Activities and Units page.
  • Click on the file link on the right, and the file link will appear on the page. Then, down at the bottom, click on Save.
  • For further information, see the editing instructions in the PBworks manual. 


You can also email materials to Richard at rbeach@umn.edu. 

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