Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Topic: Linked Text Sets

10-second review: A variety of texts, from children’s lit, adolescent lit and the classics, including short stories, essays, films, slide shows and the Internet dealing with a particular theme. In this example, “Who Am I?”

Title: “Scaffolding the English Canon with Linked Text Sets.” L Wold and L Elish-Piper. English Journal.(July 2009), 88-91. A secondary school publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: The intent of Linked Text Sets is to use children’s and adolescent literature and non-print media to prepare students for the classics. The Classic dealing with this theme, “Who Am I?” is The Scarlet Letter. Authors give an example of the works leading up to reading The Scarlet Letter.

Comment: Why, oh why, didn’t I think of that?

On the other hand, I’m not quite sure why The Scarlet Letter was chosen as the classic for this theme. Still it’s a good idea—preparing students for the classics. Interesting. RayS.

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