How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids

by Thomas C. Foster


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The go-to bestselling guide to help young people navigate from a middle school book report to English Comp 101

In How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids, New York Times bestselling author and professor Thomas C. Foster gives tweens the tools they need to become thoughtful readers.

With funny insights and a conversational style, he explains the way writers use symbol, metaphor, characterization, setting, plot, and other key techniques to make a story come to life.

From that very first middle school book report to that first college course, kids need to be able to understand the layers of meaning in literature. Foster makes learning this important skill fun and exciting by using examples from How the Grinch Stole Christmas to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, from short stories and poems to movie scripts.

This go-to guide unlocks all the hidden secrets to reading, making it entertaining and satisfying.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062200853
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 16,975
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Thomas C. Foster, author of How to Read Literature Like a Professor and Reading the Silver Screen, is professor emeritus of English at the University of Michigan, Flint, where he taught classes in contemporary fiction, drama, and poetry, as well as creative writing and freelance writing. He is also the author of several books on 20th-century British and Irish literature and poetry.

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crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15  This book was just okay and I really wish it had been so much better because I really like to read and write and this book just wasn’t what I thought it would be. A lot of the books mentioned in this book (pages one hundred fifty five though one hundred sixty two) I have never read and the author didn’t include any modern books, which is what I was looking for since those are the books kids my age read for fun, even in school. It seems like this author hasn’t had kids my age around in a very long time and we are so much different than when my mom was a kid and technology is so important to us now. There is also a big difference between the reading someone in third grade does and someone in seventh grade and I got bored when reading through some of the areas of the book. “Not all diseases are created equal.” So while I did like some of the book, I think the author could redo it and make a book for young kids and a book for teens because we really are different people and have different likes and reading interests. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*   *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review
Constant2m More than 1 year ago
As someone who has read a great deal and quite broadly, I found this book an entertaining analysis of how to get more out of what you read. As Foster noted, English professors often have more experience with books and have read more stories, allowing them to make connections between books. His recommendation to keep reading is the best way to start making your own connections. That said, this is a book for kids who like to read and have moved (or are willing to move) beyond enjoying one or two favorite children's book series. Otherwise, this book would of course be lost on kids (as many of the reviews state). The writing style is entertaining and easy-to-read, if you are interested in books, books, and more books. I recommend this to readers, young and old.
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