ERIC Number: ED325840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Literature-Based Theme Units.
With the current emphasis on whole language, the use of children's literature as the basis for reading instruction is widespread. Theme units have been suggested as one way to provide stimulating opportunities for children to explore and learn. Whole language based literature theme units emphasize process more than product. Units are designed to encourage students to use information from literary, scientific, and historical bodies of knowledge of the past and present, and to speculate about the "what-ifs" of the future. Units may be organized in various ways, for example, by topic, genre, author, literary devices, vocabulary and language; and by having students read a whole text and then discuss it. A variety of resources and materials can be incorporated into unit study. Teachers first need to consider the content they wish to convey and the type of unit to be taught, and then plan appropriate activities to achieve their goals. Literature-based theme units are a way to immerse children in reading and enable them to use this reading in interesting, meaningful, relevant activities. (Thirty-seven references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress on Reading (13th, Stockholm, Sweden, July 3-6, 1990).