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Offline agaldamez

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Using Literature Guides
« on: April 16, 2019, 02:14:16 PM »
There are multiple offline and online literature guides for students, e.g., https://www.litcharts.com/. I think it would be good to show the students how to utilize these tools. When someone is new to reading and analyzing literature (especially in their L2), it is difficult to know what to focus on. These guides usually break down different aspects of the work to help the readers understand it. For example, LitCharts usually include an introduction to the author and the history and literary context, a plot summary, a detailed summary, an analysis of the chapters/acts, details about the themes, categorized quotes, and details about the characters, etc.
For a class that focuses on reading literature, it would be a good idea to have the students read a literary work with a guide. Once the students understand the format and content of a guide, they can be assigned to read a second literary work and write their own guide (as a group). Since there is a risk that the students will read and copy an existing guide, it would be a good idea to select a new literary work or an old one without a literature guide for the second literary work.