I must admit that I, too, am guilty of what you suggest and at least once a
year I am challenged by my students about our (English teachers') penchant
for dissection. I must admit that lively discussions ensue. I do try (albiet
not always successfully) to provide some balance -- have them read some
tworkss for enjoyment and other works more deeply. I am honest with them
about my "fun" reading (mystery novels), but I strongly aver to them my
belief that literature is more fully enjoyed if one has the ability and the
will to look at it more deeply.
Julia Shugert wrote:
> I think it would be wonderful to get students hooked on classics
> from an early age. I know that Douglas was hooked on TOM SAWYER
> because his third grade teacher read excerpts to him. Elementary
> teachers can lay a solid foundation for their children with excerpts
> from the classics.
> There are times when I feel as though I am helping my students dissect
> wonderful pieces of literature when we really should be enjoying them
> for the sake of their beauty. I try to have them analyze the vocabulary,
> characters, etc. Does anyone else ever feel like that?