The Importance Of Advanced Literature

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"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you 'll go," said Dr. Seuss. These famous words by a great author show that the love and understanding of reading are important parts of learning. Both of these issues are part of the struggle educators now face: let students choose their own books to foster a love of reading or select books for their class to teach the skills necessary to understand the material they read. Some teachers believe that students who are limited to the books they choose will not be engaged and therefore not learn as much from the material. However, without essential aspects needed to be an analytical thinker, students would not be able to learn or interpret texts later on …show more content…
Typically, students learn best when they are challenged. College professor Nancy Bunge found that many of her students enjoyed reading advanced literature because it challenged them to learn and readied them for real-life situations where everything they read may not be easily understood. In an English classroom, students may at first be reluctant to read a novel assigned by the teacher. However, advanced literature causes students to think, annotate, and analyze deeper into the themes and meanings of the texts they read. Additionally, school is a place for students to read literature they would not normally choose on their own. If they are allowed to choose, they will be limited to what they currently like (Varlas). When a teacher selects a novel, they usually keep in mind the reading and comprehension level of their class, while an individual student could choose any book they wished to read. Some educators believe that students can only learn to evaluate, compare, and think critically about literature if they have freedom in their book choice (Gilmore). However, they could potentially choose books below their reading level and therefore fail to challenge themselves through literature. Without challenging reading material, the most important characteristics of English class such as the analysis of hidden …show more content…
They benefit the classroom by providing students great opportunities for advanced learning because classics have richer plots and character development. Also, their messages are timeless (Modenbach). Classics’ themes are richer and deeper because they last through centuries; even when circumstances of the world change the book is still accepted. Love amidst chaos is an example of a common theme that has lasted through the history of modern literature. Generally, teachers will choose several novels for their class in order for students to learn from these long-accepted themes. A personal experience came from reading Great Expectations my freshman year. I was thrilled to start it because it was written by Charles Dickens, a man who has authored many great classics. However, not all high school students or people in general understand the importance of classic literature. Classics are incorporated into many aspects of daily life. References to the death of Romeo and Juliet, the strength of Hercules, and the plight of Sydney Carton are found in many aspects of society: media, advertising, history, and even other novels. The characters are household names, but that could drastically change if a high school student never cracked the spine of even one great classic. While some students may continue to expand their knowledge and culture

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