Texas has approved four grades 9-12 Literature series for 2000 local adoption. Publishers market texts by their teaching aids. We judge books by their subject-matter content. Based on our reviews of the story content of the literary selections in their 11th grade American Literature programs, the four high school Literature series submitted for 2000 local Texas adoption rank thus:
|Better||LITERATURE: The Reader's Choice
|Fair||LITERATURE: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes
Prentice Hall ©2000
|Fair||ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE
Holt Rinehart Winston ©2000
|Poor||LANGUAGE OF LITERATURE
McDougal Littell ©2000
Unique among these series in the degree of its fixation on death and dying, in the extent of its emphasis on life's hopelessness, and in the intensity of its theme of loneliness; more often presents whites as enemies and nonwhites as victims; most frequently contrasts the meanness of Christians with the peace existing among pagans.
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school textbook industry.