Next June 45 of our 50 states will unite to introduce a shared program that will govern k-12 education in those states. For the first time in our history, instead of the more than 13000 independent school districts now shaping instruction across the country, we will have a set of national norms determining educational practice […]
This short piece on _Duck Soup_ (1933) and narrative theory is a response to Jim Phelan’s target essay “Authors, Resources, Audiences,” published in the double-issue of _Style_ (52.1 & 52.2).
I believe the link to Hillis’ comment in Margie’s most recent post may be truncated (and hence not work properly). Members of this group can reach Hillis’ comment by going to the “files” area of this group, where the PDF resides at the top of the list. I am also inserting a link to the […]
Professor J. Hillis Miller sent me the comment for posting on this thread; it’s a response to the comments by Mike Holquist and me on teaching “complexity” in a work of literature. Since “complexity” is stressed but not very precisely defined in the CCSS English Language Arts document, we are hoping to prepare a statement […]
I hope that anyone who’s reading this thread will take a look at what the CC Standards actually say about how to measure textual “complexity” in qualitative and quantitative terms. There is so far no room for defining complexity in terms of point(s) of view, non-linear narrative, or (among many other things we care about) […]
This is a fascinating post and I hope it opens a lively discussion of the kind of brief document the MLA might create to make a statement about what we consider a “complex reading practice.” David Laurence mentioned to me some time ago that teachers of literature could contribute more to the Common Core debates […]
This is such an interesting discussion; thank you for getting it started. Are there any sessions at #MLA14 that people interested in the topic might like to attend?
Thank you, David, for the link to Elfrieda H. Hiebert’s research report and for the Text Project Web page link too.
Participants in this discussion of text complexity may be interested in a research report, Using Multiple Sources of Information in Establishing Text Complexity, by Elfrieda H. Hiebert of TextProject, Inc. University of California, Santa Cruz. The TextProject also has a Web page devoted to the topic of text complexity in the context of the Common […]