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Deepening Thinking with Comparison: Literature Studies for Teens

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Deepening Thinking with Comparison: Literature Studies for Teens

When you approach a study of literature with teens, it’s good to start with identifying the setting, plot, and theme. Those are the basic elements for understanding any story you’re reading. Once you’ve become comfortable in identifying these aspects of a story, you can continue to encourage deeper thought through comparison.

How Is Comparison A Good Thing?

Teens are natural at comparison. They are constantly comparing themselves with others or to another ideal. They are generally considering whether someone is smarter, prettier, uglier, taller, thinner, more athletic, etc. You can take advantage of this practiced skill to deepen their thinking about literature.

But how is it a good thing? The current model for comparison... continue reading


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