ERIC Number: ED221905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Using Children's Literature to Teach Basic Skills.
Cooper, Pamela J.
All content areas utilize the four basic skills--reading, writing, arithmetic, and oral communication. Children's literature can be used to teach these skills for four reasons: (1) there is a children's book for every concept to be taught; (2) children enjoy reading; (3) children's literature can be used to teach content, process, values, and attitudes; and (4) children's literature can be used to explore and clarify a child's subjective personal values and attitudes. Wordless picture books, drama, enjoyable series books, and books about language and words can be used to teach reading. Children's books can also be used in a variety of ways to provide a stimulus for writing. Many children's books can motivate students to explore math in new and practical ways. Finally, to understand the newest basic skill, oral communication, we must realize that we communicate for a variety of functions--informing, feeling, ritualizing, and imagining--and that communication competence involves four abilities: repertoire of experiences, selecting strategies, implementing strategies, and evaluating performances. Children's literature can aid the child in developing oral communication competence through listening to stories, telling stories, creative drama experiences, use of puppets, discussing the story with peers, and answering questions about the story in class discussions. (Suggested titles are included.) (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (27th, Chicago, IL, April 26-30, 1982).