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ERIC Number: ED355488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Using Thematic Units To Promote Literacy in a Scottish Classroom.
Erwin, Barbara; And Others
Using a literature-based thematic unit to teach language arts in concert with science, social studies, mathematics, and art, a Scottish teacher instilled in her 6- and 7-year-old pupils an understanding of their own lives, a love for language, and a feeling of satisfaction and pride in their accomplishments. The teacher developed a topic based on Mairi Hedderwick's book "Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers." Activities included: creating a mural of the island on which the story is set; creating tartan patterns; running a model post office like the one in the story; studying each of the characters in the story; writing short selections daily on some aspect of the story; and creating a storyboard to reinforce letter-sound correspondences. During the thematic unit, the students learned about living in Scotland, developed a better understanding of the organization of text, worked cooperatively to solve problems, and became more self-confident as they related the language of literature to the language of their everyday lives. (Two illustrations for students' stories, a student's story and illustration about an island, and an excerpt from a student's copy book are included. Contains 10 references, and a list of 5 children's books cited.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)