Academic journal article Style

To the Readers of Style

Academic journal article Style

To the Readers of Style

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I want to take a brief moment of your time to tell you about this issue (48.1) of Style, our third occasional issue that includes a "target essay," written and guest-edited by national experts in the study of literature. For this issue, our guest editors are Peter Rabinowitz, who needs no introduction to narratologists, and Corinne Bancroft, a former secondary school teacher and now Ph.D. candidate, whose pedagogical techniques and practices are marvelous examples of teaching literature both to enthusiastic and to reluctant readers. These two have written a Target Essay that summarized many of the issues now facing English teachers as they create "a set of comprehensible, pragmatic, and coherent principles about literature, readers, and the act of reading, principles on which readers can rely as they build literary interpretations. Theory in this sense need not be threatening, even in a middle-school classroom." By looking at what they call "kid knowledge," Rabinowitz and Bancroft assert convincingly that, "given the freedom and the tools, students will Translate their Kid Knowledge into a language that adults can understand. Equipping them with language to name their ideas will allow them to develop confidence to create more complicated ideas. …

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