Teaching Literature Rhetorically: Transferable Literacy Skills for 21st Century Students (Paperback)

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English language arts teachers often find themselves defending their discipline and the practical values it has. “When will I read this again?” is an all too common question heard in classrooms. Author Jennifer Fletcher faced the same questions and more. In Teaching Literature Rhetorically: Transferable Literacy Skills for 21st Century Students she shows you how to help your students develop transferable literacy skills that allow them to succeed not just in their English language arts classes, but in their future lives and careers.
The book is built around eight high-utility literacy skills and practices that will help students communicate effectively and with confidence as they navigate important transitions in their lives:
  • Integrating skills and knowledge from texts
  • Reading closely and critically
  • Assessing rhetorical situations
  • Negotiating different perspectives
  • Developing and supporting a line of reasoning
  • Analyzing genres
  • Communicating with self and others in mind
  • Reading and writing with passion

Teaching Literature Rhetorically offers readers writing prompts, readings, discussion questions, graphic organizers, as well as examples of student work and activities for helping students to understand key rhetorical concepts. As Fletcher writes in her introduction “rhetorical thinking promotes the transfer of learning — the single most important goal we can have as teachers if we hope to have a positive impact on our students’ lives.” This book will help teachers everywhere do just that.   

About the Author

Jennifer Fletcher is a professor of English at California State University, Monterey Bay. Before joining the faculty at CSUMB, she taught high school English for more than ten years in Southern California. She is the author of Teaching Arguments: Rhetorical Comprehension, Critique, and Response (2015, Stenhouse).

Praise For…

"I have longed to discover why and how the most successful students seemed to excel at reading and writing, so that I could focus on those skills and assist all students to enjoy the gratification of high achievement. While I have been able to make some painstaking progress in this direction, I would not have needed to expend my energy and efforts in this direction if I would have had Prof. Fletcher’s Teaching Literature Rhetorically sooner! All the pieces and tools for student success are packed into its pages, and it is a powerful and meaningful resource for guiding students to achieve at the highest level. I am indebted to Prof. Fletcher, and I urge every secondary English-Language Arts instructor in the U.S. to get this book ASAP!"
Albert Stout
AP English Literature Endorsed Consultant
Boise State Writing Project Fellow
Product Details
ISBN: 9781625310705
ISBN-10: 1625310706
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2018
Pages: 296
Language: English