ERIC Number: ED342001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Intertextuality: Making Connections across Literature and Life.
Short, Kathy G.
"Text Sets" is a curricular strategy that highlights intertextuality, the process of searching for connections among reading texts and personal experiences. The strategy consists of gathering groups of related books and engaging small groups of students in a discussion of how the books interrelate. Three teachers assembled Text Sets for their third- and sixth-grade classrooms. Discussions ranged widely, allowing students to develop broader ranges of ideas. Fieldnotes were taken and literature discussions were audiotaped or videotaped. Several groups brainstormed lists or webs of possible comparisons or connections. Some groups physically sorted books, others listed characteristics and categorized them, while others divided up books by theme. Groups frequently focused upon connections involving: (1) elements of the story; (2) illustrations; (3) the lives of the authors or illustrators; (4) life experiences and previous texts; or (5) new experiences. After their discussions, the groups presented their findings to the rest of the class. Groups seemed to use the presentations for thinking through and presenting connections made, rather than presenting the books themselves. The Text Sets approach promoted student choice, both in selecting and responding to books. The social, dialogic nature of the activity promoted learning. Afterwards, students and teachers alike were more aware of the need for connections and ways of searching for them. (Sixteen references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aesthetic Reading; Intertextuality; Text Sets
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (81st, Seattle, WA, November 22-27, 1991).