Mining for Meaning offers practical strategies to help students appreciate literary texts beyond their superficial meanings. Each chapter in the first sections of the book begins with a clear explanation of particular concepts and takes students step by step through an analysis of the relevant techniques in both poetry and prose texts. The chapter also provides examples of how the strategies can be applied to unseen texts, and affords ample practice for students to do likewise. In addition, the chapter contains suggestions for teachers on how to conduct projects based on the concepts taught. The later sections of the book focus on imparting skills in writing the literature essay.
The texts used in this book are chosen from works by Singaporeans and Malaysians as well as writers from other countries. The texts vary in time from the Victorian era to the present and deal with a multiplicity of themes and genres. Classic as well as contemporary poems and prose extracts are included. The book is, best of all, one that inculcates a love and respect for literature that will remain with the students for life.