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|Title: How to Teach British Literature: A Practical Teaching Guide|
By: Elizabeth McCallum Marlow
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 11.02 X 8.27 X 1.01 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds 7 ounces
Stock No: WW764895
Author: Elizabeth Ann Marlow
Located in: Cumming, GA
Submitted: June 11, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a Brit married to an American. We have six children and seventeen grandchildren. Throughout my child-raising years, I worked hard to promote close relationships among my children; they remain close as adults. I began teaching English accidentally. I recently retired after teaching middle school, high school, and college English for thirty-five years. I co-authored with my daughter Jane Scott a reading guide for young people pre-school through high school entitled The Book Tree, which is a guide to the very best in children's literature. Students can browse through it and pick a book they will enjoy.
What was your motivation behind this project? In 1978 a few days before the beginning of the school year, the headmaster of the school my children attended told me his English teacher had resigned and asked me to take her six classes. I had no access to lesson plans, no job description. I simply showed up and taught as well as I could keeping a page ahead of the students. I would not wish another teacher to be placed in such an invidious position, so I am in the process of writing four books on British, American, and world literature for 12th to 10th grades and a 9th-grade introduction to literature. In all four books, I emphasize the importance of fostering a classroom environment that encourages student participation and promotes enjoyment. I am committed to helping other teachers inspire young people to love and learn from great literature. I believe it is mandatory to cover literary works in depth in order that young people can absorb writers' wisdom. Teenagers need to encounter difficult circumstances depicted in fiction so that they can apply sound moral solutions to problems they will face in their own lives.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope literature teachers will acquire many tried and tested teaching tools that maintain student participation and interest. My books give teachers a complete year's methodology without further investment in time or research. Each of the four books contains teacher aides such as review questions and test questions with suggested responses, audio-visual information, web references, suggestions about good writing, reading lists, and supplemental classroom handouts.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I am thoroughly enjoying the work on these teaching guides. I love the time spent rereading great classics and discovering new ones, and I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on and write about classroom methods that worked for me and will perhaps work for most teachers. Every year, it becomes more and more difficult to engage students in literary study. Young people understand that they need to be well versed in mathematics, science, and history, but fail to grasp why they need to read books written centuries ago often in a language that is abstruse. I enjoy suggesting methods of overcoming this mindset so that teenagers learn to appreciate and learn from literary classics.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Above all, my husband Bill Marlow has inspired, counseled, and encouraged me to write these books--even at the expense of canned soup for supper. In fact, my husband set me up with computers and other resources that enabled me to embark upon this project. My students have been another inspiration. I am still in touch with some of them. I see them at church or weddings or at graduations when they actually thank me for all the hard work and tell me they are making top grades in college English.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: In the preface to all four guides, I provide my email address and would be happy to chat with or answer questions that arise as readers use my books.