Good Strategies for "Bad" Books

by Eckhart, Tami Marie

Abstract (Summary)
Debates often arise about the most suitable way teachers should present information to their students. Sensitive issues like violence, sex, race, and religion sometimes appear in adolescent literature, which can stir conflicts among teachers, parents, and administrators. This study argues that teachers should not simply refrain from teaching significant pieces of literature due to their controversy. Theories in motivation and reader response maintain that students greatly benefit from reading and discussing some commonly censored literature. This research topic addressed the approaches that educators can use while teaching controversial books in the middle school classroom. Ten frequently challenged books were analyzed to further understand the grievances made against popular adolescent literature. Interviews with reading teachers then followed, which uncovered strategies that are put into effect to enhance reading instruction using books with sensitive content. These data were collected and analyzed to provide teachers with insight about censorship in schools and ways in which controversial literature can be effectively taught to middle school students.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:motivation adolescent literature middle school censorship


Date of Publication:01/01/2009

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