Question: How can we teach students to read literary works with understanding?
Answer: The students and the teacher read them together, opening possibilities for interpretations as well as correcting misunderstandings.
Comment: In other words, go through the process with your students, showing them how, but also deepening your own understanding. Your students can surprise you with experiences they have had that bear on the literary work. RayS.
Title: “The Virtue of Misreadings: Interpreting ‘The Man in the Well.’” Gary Weissman. College English (September 2010), 28-49.