ERIC Number: ED382941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
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A READING Teacher's View of Children's Literature.
The dichotomy a teacher educator experienced as a child between reading library books and "store-bought" books at home and reading the textbooks in school turned out to fuel major debates in the teaching of reading. She always believed that she had learned to read with books--she simply endured the school readers to get through school. The true test of her beliefs came when she became a mother. She instilled in her daughter and son a love of reading from infancy. A Reading and Children's Literature course she teaches at Queens College in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education department focuses on the literature rather than an emphasis on reading methods. The course begins with a debate over the definition of children's literature. Students develop a log in which they review two children's books per week. The teacher and students read aloud. By the end of the course, each student must teach a short lesson using a children's book. The course ends with the preparation of learning centers in which each student designs an activity related to children's books. Students' final exams echo the teacher's personal inclinations. By the end of the course, students remember why they love to read, a love they will pass on to children. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: City University of New York Queens College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Children's Literature Association (Durham, NH, June 1-4, 1995).