As C.S. Lewis eloquently puts it, "Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become."
Through Literature, students visit cultures impossible for them to experience themselves.
Through literature, students begin to understand what it must have been like to live in a particular time, under certain conditions and in different parts of the world.
The study of literature teaches critical-thinking and analytical skills.
Most importantly, understanding a story through the experiences of a character helps readers to empathize and reflect on how the impact of events, significant or otherwise, have on regular people just like them.
Literature enables students to gain a broad view of society, through the eyes of another.
Literature cultivates understanding and tolerance.
These values are more important in today's turbulent world than ever before!
Students may groan in the beginning at the mention of reading a piece of literature in your classroom, but don't despair. If you have chosen quality literature, it won't be long before you have to pry the book away from them at the end of the class period. I speak from experience!
There are many different methods to teaching with Literature. Each of the Literature Learning Packets offer a variety of instructional methods, creative ideas and classrooms activities.
As always, if you'd like to use a particular book and don't see it here, simply place an order with us and we will custom-create a unit which revolves around your chosen piece of literature.
Note: we are in the process of producing and uploading all of the Literature Learning Packets listed below. In addition, we will be adding more titles to the list very soon. We are working hard to ensure they are all available for free as soon as possible. If you need them immediately, however, you may place an order with us by following the links below to our Order Now page.
~ F. Scott Fitzgerald