ERIC Number: ED249527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
The Child as Critic: Teaching Literature in Elementary and Middle Schools. Second Edition.
Sloan, Glenna Davis
Intended for teachers, language arts supervisors, curriculum designers, and others interested in the teaching of English in elementary and middle schools, this book proposes a way of unifying the language arts in a program that makes literature the center of language studies. The first chapter includes a discussion of the central role that literature plays in the development of literacy and reviews three reasons why literature should be part of a child's education. The second chapter is concerned with what it means to teach and study literature and includes a section that details stages in the development of literary understandings. The third and fourth chapters provide literary theory necessary for the development of learning sequences leading to literary understandings. The fifth, sixth, and seventh chapters present numerous examples of teaching strategies that include specifics for lessons designed to foster literary understanding, as well as discussion techniques and suggestions for suitable content in learning sequences. The final chapter details procedures for helping children compose their own stories and poems. An annotated list of selected professional references and a bibliography of all the poems and stories cited are also included. (HOD)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Fiction, Integrated Activities, Language Arts, Literacy, Literary Criticism, Literary Genres, Literature Appreciation, Middle Schools, Poetry, Teaching Methods, Writing (Composition)
Teachers College Press, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10017 ($15.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the first edition, see ED 116 226.