Literature has a life force all its own. Great literature is capable of inspiring even the most withdrawn student into creative forces, and of provoking anyone into a fit of passion.
Unfortunately, the focus of literature within schools is far too often to teach students rote skills like plot, character, setting, author’s purpose, etc. As an author, my heart breaks to think that the story I have practically lived and breathed could be reduced to something so passive. As a teacher, I do not feel the students I teach are benefited by missing out on great stories just to focus on the mechanics of a piece.
Yes, we will discuss these elements certainly, and practice them, but is my hope instead that we find ourselves lost in the midst of good stories-both others’ and our own.