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Teaching Character Education through Literature : Awakening the Moral Imagination in Secondary Classrooms - Karen Bohlin

Teaching Character Education through Literature

Awakening the Moral Imagination in Secondary Classrooms

Hardcover Published: 9th June 2005
ISBN: 9780415322010
Number Of Pages: 211

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This book shows how secondary and post-secondary teachers can help students become more responsive to the ethical themes and questions that emerge from the narratives they study. It helps teachers to integrate character education into the classroom by focusing on a variety of ways of drawing instructive insights from fictional life narratives. The case studies and questions throughout are designed to awaken students' moral imagination and prompt ethical reflection on four protagonists' motivations, aspirations, and choices.

The book is divided into two parts. The first provides a theoretical approach while the second features case studies to apply this approach to the study of four literary characters:


  • Sydney Carton from Tale of Two Cities

  • Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby

  • Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

  • Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God

The questions, ideas and approaches used in these case studies can also be applied to protagonists from other narrative works in the curriculum.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
American Forewordp. ix
British Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Narrative and moral agencyp. 11
The schooling of desirep. 13
Literature and the moral imaginationp. 30
Fostering ethical reflection in our classroomsp. 44
Case studies in characterp. 53
Elizabeth Bennet-humbled heroinep. 57
Janie Crawford-trial and transcendencep. 89
Sydney Carton-rekindling a sense of purposep. 117
Jay Gatsby-the tragedy of blind erosp. 137
Final considerationsp. 163
Appendices
Definitions and distinctionsp. 180
Extending reflection across novelsp. 183
Character tablesp. 185
Hotlist of teaching resourcesp. 190
Notesp. 193
Bibliographyp. 199
Further readingp. 204
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ISBN: 9780415322010
ISBN-10: 0415322014
Series: Teaching Character Education
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 9th June 2005
Publisher: TAYLOR & FRANCIS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.77 x 16.15  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1