ERIC Number: ED354655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Moving Literature-Based Instruction into the Special Education Setting: A Book Club with Nontraditional Learners. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 65.
Goatley, Virginia J.; Raphael, Taffy E.
The Book Club project has a focus on research examining literature-based instruction with an emphasis on student-led response groups and this report describes the use of Book Club instruction within a special education resource room, in which elementary-level children incorporated the use of high quality literature, written and oral responses to literature, and student-led discussions. Specifically, the report describes the experiences of a group of five students (identified as learning disabled or educable mentally impaired) as they participated in Book Club at an urban school in a mid-sized midwestern city. The first phase involved a unit on folktales to help students explore both what to share and how to share within their small group discussions and to provide instructional support through modeling, teacher-led discussion, and written activities to help their oral response. The second phase, using a unit on disabilities, focused on furthering their progress and increasing their use of personal experiences in interpreting text. Student growth in literacy activities was noted through three areas: nature of the Book Club interactions, change in written response, and types of questions discussed. The types of instruction and modeling that helped the students grow confident in their literacy abilities are discussed. Appendixes list literature used and outline Book Club activities. (Contains approximately 35 references.) (Author/JDD)
Descriptors: Books, Clubs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Folk Culture, Group Discussion, Learning Disabilities, Literacy Education, Literature Appreciation, Mental Retardation, Reader Response, Resource Room Programs, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Student Development, Teaching Methods
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.