Using Journalism To Teach Literature

Margueya Poupko, an English teacher at Bruriah High School in Elizabeth, N.J, put her literatue curriculum aside in order to better teach her students. I know this might sound absurd, but her reasons are solid. Her students weren’t very interested in the novels they were assigned, but Poupko used new articles from The New York Times to show her class how to write. They started annotating articles and bringing in their own to show the class. The articles helped them to be more critical readers and writers and to share their opinion. When she returned to teaching novels, they were much more interested. This raises a question of technology and modern practices in education. Can technology be used to create an interest in literature?

It is not expected that America’s youth would be interested in classic literature or anything made before they were born, but can creating a connection to modern writing really make literature more appealing to students? Apparently it can. Poupko’s results aren’t hard to decipher. They worked.  Her students could more easily connect to more recent articles that encouraged their own thoughts so that when they went back to novels they could analyze the readings more efficiently.

Will technology take over education? It’s hard to say, but it’s easy to say that modern technology may have a symbiotic relationship with traditional education. In this situation, the technology of modern journalism and online articles was used to understand literature, not just for technological use. They can benefit each other and create a more complete education together.

You can see the article about her here.


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