Dr. Anthony Johnston, associate professor of education at University of St. Joseph, explains text guided literacy as a framework for teaching literature. A former English teacher, Dr. Johnston resists the current emphasis on close reading. Text guided literacy encourages readers to extrapolate from the text, to take the perspective of a fictional or historical character, and to make connections between the text and their own lives. As well, empathy is a catalyst for ethical actions.
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- Book Identity-Focused ELA Teaching: A Curriculum Framework for Diverse Learners and Contexts by Richard Beach, Anthony Johnston, and Amanda Thein
- Book Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Book The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
- Book Blindness by José Saramago
- Book How to Read Literature Like a University Professor: A Lively & Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas Foster
00:50-02:23 Text Guided Literacy
02:24-04:42 Common Core ELA instruction
04:43-05:47 Fiction and non-fiction
05:48-11:51 Defining and assessing achievement in reading
11:52-13:45 Teaching Animal Farm with Text Guided Literacy
13:46-17:07 Approaching non-fiction
17:08-18:55 “Language of literacy is designed to exclude”
18:56-19:53 “Literature as experience”
19:54-23:36 Teaching ELLs in an AP class
23:37-26:03 Works of literature in conversation with each other and other works of art
26:04-29:33 Preparing teachers for effective teaching from Day 1
29:34-32:06 New books to read as approaches to teaching change?
32:07-33:14 Kylene Beers and Margaret Atwood on literacy