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ERIC Number: ED085768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Pages: 18
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What Has Happened to Children's Literature?
Iverson, William J.
Lasting appreciation of literature does not just naturally issue out of basic reading skill training, because the outcomes desired in basic reading skills and in literary appreciation are different. Therefore, the materials used in each must be different. The language adapted for skill building exercises is different from that used in stories, poems, plays, and biographies. The teacher needs to show the students the elements that comprise good literature. Literacy vocabulary should be taught as it clarifies and intensifies for children the potentialities for enjoyment in literature. A wide array of literature should be provided in order to accommodate the interests of different children. Individual responses should be encouraged by the teacher. Children should be encouraged to discern what happens in a piece of literature, how it happens, and why it happens. The writer's motives in his choice of words, structure, plot development, images, and rhyme and rhythm (in poetry) should be discussed and analyzed. (LL)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (61st, Las Vegas, November, 1971)