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The Pocket Instructor: Literature: 101 Exercises for the College Classroom

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This is the first comprehensive collection of hands-on, active learning exercises for the college literature classroom, offering ideas and inspiration for new and veteran teachers alike.

These 101 surefire lesson plans present creative and interactive activities to get all your students talking and learning, from the first class to final review. Whether you are teaching maj

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Princeton University Press
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Lisa Penninga
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book as inspiration for daily discussions, assessments, and outlets to discuss & analyze literature in the classroom. It was a teacher gem to see examples, lesson plans, reflections on each one, and the level of difficulty for each one. It is worth Owning because I will refer back to it quite often! ...more
K.P. Ambroziak
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a new college instructor with a doctorate in Literature, must be in want of teaching techniques.”

I have been teaching literature to college students for about two years and as much as I love the material I teach, I struggle with communicating the most important aspect of why we teach literature to all kinds of majors: critical thinking is not reserved for quantifiable subject matter alone. What I mean by this is that if a student can assess a work of
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Vel Veeter
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was not the most useful book at all. For one, it’s just a list of activities. I think through the next school year I will flip through this and think about some specific moments in classrooms I am interested in, but a book like this maybe helps to explain the failure of college teaching for me. I taught college for a few years before anyone taught me how to teach. And I taught college for a few years before anyone taught me how to plan for teaching. This book is full of interesting ide ...more
David Rickert
There were a ton of great ideas in here- it seemed like almost every one was something I want to try this year. A lot of them are geared towards advanced students (I teach high school seniors) but could be adapted to different grade levels. Definitely not just for college.
Ginny
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a PRACTICAL guide to getting students to engage with literature in the classroom. This is THE GUIDE to have if you are teaching literature for the first time as it has tons of thoroughly explained exercises you can steal and adapt and use immediately.
Jennifer Allen
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Lots of great ideas, especially for high school seniors or early college students. I especially like how the book is arranged and appreciate the index, which includes specific novels for easy access to exercises. I have already used several ideas in my high school honors class, and they all worked very well.
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Diana Fuss, Louis W. Fairchild Class of ’24 Professor of English, has taught at Princeton since 1988, after receiving her PhD from Brown University in English and Semiotics. She has taught undergraduate courses on a range of topics in the areas of criticism and theory, 19th and 20th century American and British literature, narrative and poetry, and film and media. And she has taught more specializ ...more

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