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How to Read Literature Like a ProfessorWhat does everyone think about this book???

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apgirl11 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted August 15, 2012 at 9:07 PM via web

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor

What does everyone think about this book???

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speamerfam | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted August 16, 2012 at 3:07 PM (Answer #2)

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I read this book about a year ago and enjoyed it very much. I passed it along to my younger son, who is 20, and he enjoyed it, too.  It's a very difficult subject to organize, and I thought he did a good job with his chapter divisions.  What I would have liked, though, is a longer book, with more examples of how he applies his ideas to literature.  Still, it's a good book to get a student thinking about ideas like setting and themes.  Reading literature like a professor is really about a way of thinking, and once our minds are open to that way of thinking, it enriches our reading incredibly, allowing us to make connections, which is what our brains are designed to do.  I would recommend reading it and doing some practice with a few books.  Once you get in the habit of thinking this way, you will be so pleased. 

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apgirl11 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted August 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM (Answer #3)

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I read this book about a year ago and enjoyed it very much. I passed it along to my younger son, who is 20, and he enjoyed it, too.  It's a very difficult subject to organize, and I thought he did a good job with his chapter divisions.  What I would have liked, though, is a longer book, with more examples of how he applies his ideas to literature.  Still, it's a good book to get a student thinking about ideas like setting and themes.  Reading literature like a professor is really about a way of thinking, and once our minds are open to that way of thinking, it enriches our reading incredibly, allowing us to make connections, which is what our brains are designed to do.  I would recommend reading it and doing some practice with a few books.  Once you get in the habit of thinking this way, you will be so pleased. 

I felt the same way kind of. The only part that I didn't like is some of the questionsmy teacher asked. I had to look up a lot of literature material because we had to compare nivels to some of the questions asked in each chapter and I just didn't know enough literature.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM (Answer #4)

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I think this is an excellent book, but it should not be read as a how-to manual.  Basically, you should use the book to expand your horizons.  It gives you a new perspective on literature, and you can look at some books and themes differently and read a bit more critically.

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mfurnish100 | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 5, 2012 at 3:48 AM (Answer #5)

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In respose to 3. I liked it also but I just didn't know enough about literature to effectively compare the book to actual read that I've done

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bullbudder | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 6, 2012 at 8:27 AM (Answer #6)

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you should really aask a real professor for that

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apgirl11 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:48 PM (Answer #7)

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In respose to 3. I liked it also but I just didn't know enough about literature to effectively compare the book to actual read that I've done

I felt the same way in some areas of the book, but with the literature I have been assigned to already this year that book has helped me look at things differently. When first reading How to Read Literature Like a Professor, I was in a total blur.

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apgirl11 | Student , Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted October 8, 2012 at 9:50 PM (Answer #8)

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I think this is an excellent book, but it should not be read as a how-to manual.  Basically, you should use the book to expand your horizons.  It gives you a new perspective on literature, and you can look at some books and themes differently and read a bit more critically.

I feel the same way and I wish I would have looked at it that way while I was reading it. Honestly I think uou should assign this to your students. I have expanded the way I read because of the book. I know you teach Middle School so you might just pick out a few chapters that you feel are most important.

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abadoodle | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:37 PM (Answer #9)

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My English teacher recommended this book to me. I read it over my summer vacation because I was going to be taking an AP Language and Composition class. I really enjoyed reading this book and I found it to be very helpful (considering that the class is really hard. The author did a great job explaining certain literary devices that are used by authors and this book helped me read between the lines and to think more about what I'm reading. As a matter of fact, I still go back and use the book when I am writing a paper for that class.

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abadoodle | Student , Grade 11 | Honors

Posted November 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM (Answer #10)

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Adding to Post #9:

I also really liked the way that it was written. It was just like the way that my teacher would have explained this stuff to me. It was like I was there and listening to him talk. I also liked that he added questions and answered them throughout the book. The questions were the exact same things that I was thinking while I was reading or had trouble with before I was reading the book. It seemed just like a kind of student-to-teacher conversation that are commonly held throughout classes.

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