A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest Gaines - gone introducing literature to a new class I ask two questions: "Why realize we assay it and what can we learn from it?" Now, if you're a intellectual you'll know that it's not always a smooth ride to the resolved destination, which is all part of the fun, but the answer we usually get to, albeit gone intellectual sat-nav switched on, is that through literature, we can visit cultures impossible for us to experience ourselves. From our reading, we can begin to understand what it must have been gone to enliven in a particular time, under certain conditions, in alternative parts of the world. But the best bit is that we can realize all this while honing those oh-so-necessary and desired critical-thinking skills.
And that's the point: that the assay of literature in the contemporary classroom is, perhaps, even more relevant today than it has ever been.
A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest Gaines - So, put up to in September gone the unexceptional intellectual posted that the Alan Bennett monologue A Cream Cracker under the Settee was to be replaced in the curriculum by an episode of Waterloo Road, it's not unimaginable that English teachers stood poised, quills aloft, ready to defend the body of undertaking that has shaped the innovative world, to the death. Well, to the staffroom and the drying forums at least.
A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest Gaines - One of the reasons cited for this usurping of a great British classic, in favour of a younger model, was that students just couldn't engage gone the topic matter. Are they even called cream crackers these days? At a epoch gone the common aspiration of those in education, unquestionably the majority of us, is to prepare pupils for a world that evolves at the eagerness of fibre-optics, the role of literature and its importance in equipping our pupils for the future has never been more apt.
But just what are the further to teaching literature to the pubertal 'uns these days?
From the linguistic perspective, studying classic literature from the Western canon (Shakespeare, Dickens, Orwell and as a result on) affords students of English the opportunity to understand, analyse and dissect language quite alternative from their own. Structures, trends in punctuation and in the exaggeration we talk have evolved through the ages and bodily familiar of these developments really helps us to understand better, language in its current context.
If we didn't retrieve and assay texts from the past, and single-handedly looked to the best seller list, how would we know of this evolution? In my experience, pupils' creativity runs rampant gone they can remix particular structures and styles gone their own writing to lend veracity to character, report and setting.
A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest Gaines - One of the challenges teachers face is the craving to edge learners greater than their comfort zones but in undertaking so, we challenge their thinking and we further their confidence to become even more proficient in the use of their own language. Or as the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) might say, we're equipping them gone critical skills for the real world.