Episode 271: "Funds of Feeling" - A Feeling-Based Approach to Literature with Stanford's Sarah Levine and Chris Mah - EB Academics

Episode 271: “Funds of Feeling” – A Feeling-Based Approach to Literature with Stanford’s Sarah Levine and Chris Mah

On this episode of the Teaching Middle School ELA podcast, Megan welcomed Sarah Levine and Chris Mah from Stanford University, who discussed an innovative approach to analyzing literature by integrating students’ emotional responses into the heart of literary analysis.

Together they unpacked how emotions play a pivotal role in enhancing students’ connections to texts. Chris and Sarah guide us through their “funds of feeling” approach, where students explore literature using a blend of emotional engagement and intellectual rigor.

Listen in to learn strategies and sentence stems, which help students tie their feelings to textual evidence in an approachable way. This method goes beyond traditional analysis, encouraging a richer, more personal understanding of literature.

So, whether you’re discussing Shakespeare or contemporary novels, get ready for valuable insights that promise to impact your classroom discussions and deepen students’ literary understanding.

Tune in as they break it all down in this episode!

Links mentioned: https://publicationsncte.org/content/journals/10.58680/ej202332489

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[00:01:00] Megan welcomes her guests, Sarah Levine and Chris Mah. Each guest takes a moment to share their background, experience, and expertise that led them to conduct their research on using a feelings-based approach to literary analysis for classroom students.

[00:05:00] Sarah and Chris dive into introducing the concept of interacting with texts by evaluating the emotions your students are feeling with different types of questions that are less intimidating for students to respond to.

[00:13:00] Sarah and Megan discuss a few common trends among our students when analyzing a text, such as the habit of summarizing or stating an opinion without providing any justification. Sarah provides additional steps to take to support students in seeking out their evidence and evaluating their opinions based on what they observed.

[00:15:00] Chris opens the conversation to discuss the impact their feelings-based approach can actually have on teachers as well. The hosts discuss the benefits of having these different perspectives and lines of questioning in your teacher toolkit.

[00:20:00] Sarah and Chris explain some of the challenges they’ve observed teachers and students face with this approach and their best tips to overcome them.

[00:28:00] The hosts conclude this episode by giving teachers advice on how to begin incorporating this feelings-based approach to literary analysis inside their classroom.

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