Teaching English Literature 16 – 19 is an essential new resource that is suitable for use both as an introductory guide for those new to teaching literature and also as an aid to reflection and renewal for more experienced teachers. Using the central philosophy that students will learn best when actively engaged in discussion and encouraged to apply what they have learnt independently, this highly practical new text contains:

  • discussion of the principles behind the teaching of literature at this level;
  • guidelines on course planning, pedagogy, content and subject knowledge;
  • advice on teaching literature taking into account a range of broader contexts, such as literary criticism, literary theory, performance, publishing, creative writing and journalism;
  • examples of practical activities, worksheets and suggestions for texts;
  • guides to available resources.

Aimed at English teachers, teacher trainees, teacher trainers and advisors, this resource is packed full of new and workable ideas for teaching all English literature courses.

1. Developing Response to Literature 16-19  Introduction: Imagining Literature in the Classroom  1. Debating the Literature Curriculum  2. Defining the Literature Curriculum  3. Actualising the Literature Curriculum  2. Teaching Poetry  Introduction: Poetry in the 16-19 Classroom  1. Teaching Poetry  2. Teaching Poems  3. Teaching the Novel  Introduction: The Novel in the 16-19 Classroom  1. Teaching the Novel  2. Teaching Novels  4. Teaching Drama  Introduction: Drama in the 16-19 Classroom  1. Teaching Drama  2. Teaching Plays  3. Teaching Shakespeare  5. Teaching Theory and Criticism  Introduction: Exploring Context and Interpretation  1. Questions of Value  2. Questions of ‘Meaning’  3. Using Literary Criticism  6. Teaching Contexts  Introduction: Crossing Forms, Crossing Time  1. Teaching Narrative  2. Teaching Modes  3. Teaching Periods and Movements  4. Bringing Text and Context Together  7. Teaching Writing  Introduction: Reading and Writing, Creativity and Criticism  1. Thinking, Talking, Reading, Writing  2. Creative Responses to Texts  3. The Critical Essay  Afterword  References