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ERIC Number: ED151822
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jun
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
Literature for Children-Why?
Lamb, Pose
Although there is general agreement on the importance of children's literature in the elementary school curriculum and on the need for adequate teacher education in this field, there are many specific issues related to children's literature that need clarification. One such issue is the role of literature in the reading program. Some educators, questioning the literary merit of basal readers and their difficulty for many children, favor literature-based reading programs; however, many children's books of high literary quality present serious readability problems for children. Children therefore need adequate reading skills before they can venture independently in books. A second major issue is related to the desirability of literary analysis for children. When overdone, literary analysis can cause loss of interest in a selection, but a well-handled examination of aspects of the author's craft can enhance children's literary awareness and appreciation. A third issue is related to the frequent underestimation of children's ability to respond to literature. Even very young children can be helped to respond to literature at more than a rote level. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on Language and Reading (Chicago, Illinois, June 20-22, 1977)