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Teach Students to Read the Classics-It's Simple

You Know What's in the Book, So Find It: An Easy Way to Read Literature


ISBN: 978-0-359-03726-1 - More Info

This book is designed to enhance the reader's understanding and enjoyment of modern and classic literature. It is a mini-course demonstrating an easy method of comprehending the meaning in novels and other fiction literature by following real life patterns used by authors throughout history.


After teaching college for many years, I often wondered why modern high school students seemed to have lost the art of reading books. At the very least, when pressed by teachers, they did not enjoy what they read. This book changes things quickly.


For a brief period in my career, I took a position as a Language Arts teacher at a local high school. I was shocked at how few students were well-read. In my classroom, I had a huge bookcase filled with classic novels from many centuries. I picked up a copy of Moby Dick and asked the class who read it. No one had. I then picked up Tom Sawyer and found that not one student even heard of the novel. Repeating the process with other selections didn't help. Finally, I held up a copy of Silas Marner and asked one of the students to tell the class what the book was about. She sarcastically replied, "How can I tell you what it was about if I never read it?" Bingo! I realized the solution was simple. I announced to the class that by the end of the semester I would hold up any novel and every student would be able to discuss the plot intelligently. Although they doubted me, it worked. You Know What's in the Book, So Find It: An Easy Way to Read Literature provides the simple solution to plowing through literature. It allows any student wishing to journey through high school or college on a level playing field the opportunity to enjoy the art of reading like never before. Whether the novel is based on a Harry Potter adventure or the exploits of Ivanhoe, students at all reading levels will easily learn the universal elements of fiction works. The task of finding those elements adds joy to the academic reading process.