Foregrounding the Background
Robbins discusses how to better prepare students for reading the classics. Rather than providing a lengthy introduction into the history of the time period, teachers should simply raise an interesting question about the time period or unfamiliar elements in the story to pique the student's interest.
Bruce Robbins. "Foregrounding the Background" English Journal 87.3 (1998): 14-16.
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