This book takes literary theory out of the ivory tower, makes it useful and accessible, and places it squarely into your teaching repertoire. With reading strategies and instructional methods that draw on five well-known theories (Jungian/archetypal theory, objective theory, reader response theory, biographical theory, and thematic critical theory) Lisa Schade Eckert shows you how to offer reluctant readers a pathway into texts through theory as you explicitly introduce them to reading and discussing literature. Eckert also gives you opportunities to differentiate instruction and to meet language arts standards using theory applications as well as to scaffold other popular strategies such as questioning the text, questioning the author, rereading, and connecting to prior knowledge.