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ERIC Number: ED346440
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 7
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Exploring the Solar System: A Literature Unit within a Whole Language Context.
Sandel, Lenore
A useful framework for literature-based instruction is the curriculum related literature unit which provides a total resource for content area teaching. Such a unit could be based on the science curriculum, "Exploring the Solar System," and could be developed thematically through topics of space or the solar system. The teacher's initial step is to create a collaborative graphic plan or organizer for a satellite display synthesizing the students' prior knowledge, reading text, literature, and curriculum goals. This organizer or mapping becomes the key to the selection of books and planning of literature activities. A unit can be organized to include science, math, social studies, and language arts content through development of research reports, time lines, distance calculations, creative writing, and drama and art projects. Class activities and suggested books demonstrate how, in the music classroom, music appreciation and skills are taught and learned in this unit design in concert with the arts of language and other curriculum areas. Whether the point of departure in developing a teaching unit at any level is a specific subject, book title, or current interest, webbing the unit themes within all areas of language and learning emerges as a whole language approach in instructional concert, interweaving impressive and expressive language within the context of literature. (Twenty-eight references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Language: English
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