ERIC Number: ED334559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
Utilizing Tradebooks in the Elementary School: Considerations and Implications for Change.
Huebsch, Winnie R.
Since 1987, the school district of West Allis-West Milwaukee (Wisconsin) has reviewed and revised its elementary reading program based on the philosophy that spoken, read, and written language must flow naturally from the child, be used in meaningful ways to communicate real needs, and involve tradebooks. Numerous inservice presentations and meetings generated a rich flow of dialogue that has eased much of the discomfort which attends any major educational change. The basal reader has become but one component of a varied literature program. Increasingly, reading instruction has moved towards "whole-class" instruction. Trade books were chosen by a committee (with input from many staff members) and gradually introduced into the curriculum. Distribution and financial constraints remain the greatest challenges to the success of the tradebook program. Mandated district testing needs to become more consistent with the principles of whole language, literature-based instruction if it is to reflect appropriately the reading/language arts growth of the students in the district. (A list of the tradebooks used in the district and the tradebook evaluation guide are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Trade Books; Wisconsin
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (36th, Las Vegas, NV, May 6-10, 1991).