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With Rigor for All: Teaching the Classics to Contemporary Students

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Suggests ways to overcome the problems teachers face when teaching the classics--length, challenging vocabulary, complex syntax, and alien times and settings--and lists suggested titles.
Paperback, 178 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Heinemann Educational Books
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While I'll admit to liking this book, I don't agree with it. I read it after hearing Ms. Jago speak, and she appears to be a fine teacher and a wonderful person. However, this does not mean that her central arguments hold water. When she says that "through stories...students learn to confront ethical dilemas," I agree with her. When she says, "classroom texts should pose intellectual challenges to young readers," (p. 3) I agree with her. However, when she claims that, "a critical reading of clas ...more
Dayna Smith
A must read for all teachers of English. Along with Nancie Atwell's In the Middle and Kelly Gallagher's Readicide, I will be gifting a copy of this book to every student teacher I have from now on. This book is a quick and easy read, but is chock full of convincing rationale for teaching the classics to middle and high school students. Ms. Jago also addresses way to make the teaching of classics easier for students and teachers. It offers advice on testing, holding students accountable, and teac ...more
Kristen Pollard
An excellent read for any English teacher struggling with how to make classics more approachable in the classroom. However, while I agree wholeheartedly with Jago's assertion that students need to be challenged with classics in the classroom, I can't as easily give up contemporary literature. I still have trouble with this idea of the "classics" as some static block of literature composed and chosen by western white males. That's not to say that there aren't some excellent, well-weathered storie ...more
Mark Isero
Carol Jago believes we become better people by studying classic literature and that it is the job of the English teacher to make sure this happens. Although this book was not written in opposition of Nancie Atwell's Reading Workshop approach, one can guess that the two teachers would not see eye to eye. Kelly Gallagher blend the two approaches in Readicide, and I think I side with him.

Despite some excellent writing, Jago's book is uneven and left me wondering whether her students were actually r
Sirpa Grierson
Jago does not mince words as she discusses why our students need to wrestle with the Classics. While she enjoys YA, she describes the richness of the lessons we can learn from books that have stood the test of time. Practical lesson ideas are included. A well-reasoned reminder of why we need to teach "literature."
Michele Mcconnell
I read this a LONG time ago - possibly 2000. I loved it. The book spurred me to change my beliefs about teaching and what students can do, if they have a great teacher. Shortly after, I read Mike Rose's Lives on the Boundary. Again - students, ALL students need access to great writing, great reading.
I thought there were a lot of good ideas in here. I like her idea about getting away from testing and focusing more on the learning aspect; however, this would not work in real life because these days teachers are forced to document instruction and learning so they themselves can be assessed.
Thinking so much about improving the quality of instruction in my classroom led me to read this. It has quick insights that I really appreciated.
So far, what she offers is true of all good books -- not just classics.

Upon finishing this book, my original comment stands.
Great book for teachers with lots of practical tips.
Jago is the teacher that I always wanted to be.
Sep 19, 2008 Lauralee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lauralee by: Debbie P.
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