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Lit up : one reporter, three schools, twenty-four books that can change lives

Denby, David 1943- (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library PN 70 .D46 2016 30775305512056 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780805095852 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 0805095853 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 9780805095869 (electronic book)
  • Physical Description: print
    257 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Beacon, September : the first days of English 10G -- Beacon, October : Faulkner and Hawthorne -- Beacon, October : Sylvia Plath and confessions -- Beacon, November : nuts matter, and bolts, too -- Beacon, November : Huxley -- Beacon, December & January : Orwell -- Mamaroneck, all year : personal choice -- Beacon, January : satire -- Beacon, February : Coelho and Hesse -- Thoughts at winter break -- Beacon, February : Vonnegut -- Beacon, March : Viktor E. Frankl -- Hillhouse : the year -- Mamaroneck, spring : tenth-grade English -- Beacon, April & May : Dostoevsky -- Beacon, May & June : Sartre and Beckett -- Appendix I. Reading lists -- Appendix II. Beacon students.
Summary, etc.: "It's no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don't read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world. Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester County. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, Long Way Gone and many more. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books"--
Subject: Literature Study and teaching (Secondary) United States
Teenagers Books and reading United States
High school students Books and reading United States
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