ERIC Number: ED350586
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Reading Stories: Responding to Literature and Making Connections across the Curriculum.
Insights into Open Education, v25 n3 Nov 1992
Judy Harapiak is a teacher who provides her middle years students with many opportunities to respond to stories in different ways, to reflect on their responses, and to link their reading to their own experiences as well as to other areas of the curriculum. She teaches a grade four-five-six class in the Elementary Alternative Education Program (which is based on a belief in the value of a student-centered, activity-based, thematic approach to learning) at Montrose School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In this classroom setting, Judy introduces her students to Eleanor Coerr's story "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes," a story of a 12-year-old Japanese girl who tried to complete 1000 paper cranes to heal her leukemia that she contracted after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Judy begins the literature study by drawing her students' attention to the title and cover illustration of the short novel. She helps her students extend their responses to the novel by drawing attention to such elements as character and setting. Drama and role playing are introduced as a way for students to enter imaginatively into the story. Visitors to the classroom help students make real connections to a world beyond the pages of the novel. Through active involvement in their own learning, literature comes alive for students as they discover the interconnectedness of stories, readers, and the world beyond books. (A figure illustrating the connections made to the world beyond the book is included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.