One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Enhance reading comprehension with a with a guide that presents a brief overview of the novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, followed by teaching ideas to be used before, during, and after reading the literary work.
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The following sources can provide additional information about the gulag system:
Cohen, Stephen F. "Sovieticus (Survivors of the Concentration Camps of Stalin's Gulag)," The Nation. 236 May 7, 1983: 546
Edwards, Mike. "The Gulag Remembered," National Geographic. March 1990: 48-49.
Gray, Malcolm. "The Gulag Tortures: Victims of Soviet Camps Demand Retribution." Maclean's, December 31, 1990: 46
"Gulag Eyewitness: Daring Photographs by a Soviet Prisoner." Life, September 1987: 73-75.
Jackson, James O. "Gateway to the Gulag." Time, 129, April 20, 1987: 46
Horn, Miriam. "The Gulag: Lost Millions." U.S. News & World Report, 100, May 19, 1986: 37.
Novak, Daniel A. The Wheel of Servitude: Black Forced Labor After Slavery. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1978.
Rossi, Jacques R. The Gulag Handbook: An Encyclopedia Dictionary of Soviet Penitentiary Institutions and Terms Related to the Forced Labor Camps, New York: Paragon, House, 1989. (Translated by William A. Burhans)
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I. The Gulag Archipelago, New York: Harper & Row, 1974. (Translated by Thomas P. Whitney)
Stanglin, Douglas. "A Lost Prisoner of the Gulag Still Holds Moscow Hostage." U.S. News & World Report, 106 June 26, 1989: 34-36.
Wu, Hongda H. Laogai: The Chinese Gulag. Boulder: Westview Press, 1992.


Wendy Patrick Cope is an English teacher and theater coach at Buckingham County High School in Buckingham, Virginia. She received her A.B. in English and her M.Ed. in English Education at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and is actively working with challenged readers and writers in the classroom.

James (Jim) R. Cope, Assistant Professor of English at Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia, received his B.S.Ed., M.Ed., and Ed.D. in English Education at the University of Georgia. For the last eight years he has taught English at the high school and college levels. In addition to teaching, he is involved with research focusing on the development of readers, their interest and attitudes, and the forces that have shaped them.


Arthea (Charlie) J.S. Reed, Ph. D. is past-president of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN). She is the author of three books in the fields of literature and teaching.: Reaching Adolescents: The Young Adult Book and the School, Comics to Classics: A Guide to Books for Teens and Preteens, and Presenting Harry Mazer. In addition, she is the author or co-author of numerous books in the fields of foundations of education and teaching methods. She was editor of The ALAN Review for six years and has co-edited the Penguin/Signet Classic teacher's guide series since 1988.

In May 1996, Dr. Reed retired after 17 years as a professor of education and six years as chairperson of education at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. After nearly 30 years in teaching at the elementary, secondary, and college/university level, she is now pursuing a new career in education as Executive Director of Development and Education for Northwestern Mutual Life in Asheville, N.C. Dr. Reed and her husband, Don, live with their two dogs and a cat on a mountaintop in Fairview, N.C.

W. Geiger (Guy) Ellis, Professor Emeritus, University of Georgia, received his A. B. and M. Ed. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ed. D. from the University of Virginia. For most of his career, Guy has been active in teaching adolescent literature, having introduced the first courses on the subject at both the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia. He developed and edited The ALAN Review from 1978 to 1984, changing its focus from a newsletter to a refereed journal His research has had heavy emphasis on the content of literature instruction.

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