Life Lessons

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Life Lessons: Reaching Teenagers through Literature

What can be more moving than an idealistic teenager inspired by literature? David Sloan shares his own love of literature and his years of teaching this many-faceted subject to high schoolers. Recent studies have revealed that adult cite their language arts classes in high school as the most influential in inspiring them towards their future and for their moral development. This jewel of a book shares decades of experience in enticing youngsters to plumb the depths of possibilities in the great literature of all time, ancient and contemporary alike. Teachers and parents will find much to inspire them in using stories to uplift, engage, dream, problem solve, pursue adventure and to love and honor worthy leaders, worthy goals.

Presents literature as an antidote to the cultural wasteland available for today’s youth. Includes discussions about the Odyssey; Bible as literature; Gilgamesh; the Divine Comedy; Parzival; Hamlet; and Russian literature, among other topics in the Waldorf high-school English curriculum.

About the Author

David Sloan was born and raised in southern California. He graduated from Harvard College in 1971, then completed a Waldorf teacher training in 1975 after attending Emerson College in Sussex, England. At Emerson he also met his wife-to-be, Christine, and developed his life long passion for Shakespeare’s work. After working in a school for troubled adolescents, David began teaching English and drama at the Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY, in 1979. He spent a year in Boulder, CO, helping to launch a high school at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.

Additional information

Weight 17 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.5 × 9 in






March 2015





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