ERIC Number: ED337801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Judging and Selecting Language Arts Textbooks: A Modest Proposal. Concept Paper No. 1.
Shanahan, Timothy; Knight, Lester
Intended to help educators select textbooks that represent the highest standards of quality instruction, these guidelines describe major aspects of textbooks--of language arts instruction--considered essential. Following an introduction, the eight guidelines (whose features should be central to a program's design and should pervade the entire fabric of the textbook presentation), state that language arts instruction should: (1) center learning activities on children's own language; (2) emphasize social uses of language; (3) integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening; (4) recognize the developmental aspects of children's learning; (5) help teachers to assess student language learning; (6) help children to think; (7) respect cultural and other differences in our society; and (8) emphasize the centrality of listening, speaking, writing, and reading for learning in all subject areas. Each guideline is accompanied by a brief, clearly written explanation, a few references, and a number of examples of textbook features that are in accord with the selection criteria or that violate them. (An evaluation chart for judging language arts textbooks is attached.) (SR)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Instructional Design, Instructional Effectiveness, Language Arts, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 19700).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.