ERIC Number: ED021838
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Literature for Children: An Engagement with Life.
Allen, Arthur T.
The Horn Book Magazine, v43 n6 p732-7 Dec 1967
The two complementary questions--"What does literature do to young readers?" and "Can literature be taught?"--are not easily answered. Youth should not employ literature as an exclusive guide to life since they will encounter numerous unrealistic situations. Instead, literature should entice them to deal vicariously with vivid, new experiences and thus to feel themselves more deeply immersed in life. They should experience new responses and begin to develop their imaginations and critical abilities. If literature can be taught, children should first be taught to listen to the story as a whole and then to participate actively in literature through such creative dramatics as pantomime and play acting. As the children's own awareness and the story develop together, they become readers (or listeners), then performers, and finally dreamer-creators. (LH)
Descriptors: Books, Childhood Attitudes, Children, Childrens Literature, Creative Development, Creative Dramatics, Critical Reading, Early Experience, Early Reading, Emotional Experience, English Instruction, Fantasy, Imagination, Literature, Literature Appreciation, Prereading Experience, Story Reading, Story Telling, Student Reaction, Teacher Role
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