Chalkface Press has a reputation of publishing quality texts for the Literature Studies classroom. Investigating Texts by Bronwyn Mellor and Annette Patterson upholds this reputation.
The book’s premise is that readers read in different ways on different occasions and therefore the text itself can be produced as a different ‘object’ on different occasions.
To help students understand this premise, the book presents concepts in a cumulative way – with each of the four chapters building on the concepts explored in the preceding chapters.
Each chapter includes a range of short stories and other texts with exercises and commentary. Activities allow for individual, class and group explorations of the text at hand, while the commentaries consolidate the concepts explored.
The selection of short stories is outstanding – from traditional folk tales to modern short shorts – and sure to appeal both to teachers and students.
Investigating Texts is suitable for thirteen to eighteen year old students.
Investigating Texts, by Bronwyn Mellor and Annette Patterson
Chalface Press, 1996.