In Defense of the Whole-Class Novel

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Oct 27, 2011 7:59:28 AM

I recently read an article by a generally well-known publisher/educator that is delivered to my email inbox each week or so.  In this article, the author boldly states that she feels unless a class is Advanced Placement Literature or similar class, that teachers should avoid teaching the whole class novel altogether, and rather, provide students with reading materials, and let them go--keeping the interpretation to ourselves as readers and teachers.  She goes on to give her rationale, while signing off with a plea to provide "not just the classics" to young adult readers. While I respect and can appreciate the author's point of view, I have to respectfully and whole-heartedly disagree.  Here's why:

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Topics: Literature, opinion, whole class novel

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