ERIC Number: ED250684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Stretching the Literary Experience.
Van Dongen, Richard
Insights into Open Education, v17 n3 Nov 1984
A child's literary experience may be "stretched" through extension activities such as reading aloud, discussion, writing, art, music, and drama. While any planned activity can be overused and work against the intent of furthering the child's literary growth, there are many valid ways of offering the child opportunities for savoring and reflecting about a book experience within the context of the classroom. One way is through sharing with others a story incident or an interesting use of language. An observant teacher can see that opportunities occur for brief, spontaneous sharing between one child and another. Some stories are so distinctive in plot, character development, or writing style that they evoke further involvement with these elements of the story through the child's writing. A child's literary development can also grow through frequent reading in a variety of genres. In addition, a patterned language book can be savored and revisited through reading aloud and writing stories based upon the language pattern. Planning and getting meaning across through voice inflection, pause, and pacing offer yet another way for stretching the entire literary experience, which not only deepens understanding of a story, but also permits the story to have impact on its readers' lives. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.