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Lit Up - One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives.-logo

Lit Up - One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives.

David Denby

A bestselling author and distinguished critic goes back to high school to find out whether books can shape lives It's no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don't read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world. Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester county. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, Long Way Gone and many more. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.

A bestselling author and distinguished critic goes back to high school to find out whether books can shape lives It's no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don't read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world. Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester county. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, Long Way Gone and many more. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.
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A bestselling author and distinguished critic goes back to high school to find out whether books can shape lives It's no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don't read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world. Can teenagers be turned on to serious reading? What kind of teachers can do it, and what books? To find out, Denby sat in on a tenth-grade English class in a demanding New York public school for an entire academic year, and made frequent visits to a troubled inner-city public school in New Haven and to a respected public school in Westchester county. He read all the stories, poems, plays, and novels that the kids were reading, and creates an impassioned portrait of charismatic teachers at work, classroom dramas large and small, and fresh and inspiring encounters with the books themselves, including The Scarlet Letter, Brave New World, 1984, Slaughterhouse-Five, Notes From Underground, Long Way Gone and many more. Lit Up is a dramatic narrative that traces awkward and baffled beginnings but also exciting breakthroughs and the emergence of pleasure in reading. In a sea of bad news about education and the fate of the book, Denby reaffirms the power of great teachers and the importance and inspiration of great books.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William Dufris

Length:

10h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:40


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:25


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

26:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

21:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

23:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:09


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:13


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:20


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:46


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:17


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

16:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

13:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

15:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:39


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

29:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

23:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

14:44


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:29


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

22:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

21:58


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:14


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:40