ERIC Number: ED361972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Teaching Adolescents with Behavioral/Emotional Disorders, Adolescent Offenders, and Adolescents At-Risk: A Literature-Based Approach.
The Literature Project is a literature-based reading program designed to meet the needs of adolescent females with behavioral/emotional disorders, adolescent female offenders, and adolescent females at risk. The project uses novels and short stories written by and for women as basic reading material. Literary selections with heroines who are self-reliant and confident and who accomplish goals against difficult circumstances are used to improve the adolescents' self-concepts. Selection criteria for the literature include: produce a vicarious experience in the adolescents; change the adolescents' self-concepts, their future aspirations, or their attitudes; provide a story relevant to the adolescents' lives; and allow the adolescents to identify with and learn from the heroine. The literary selections are read orally by the teacher and students as a group. Group and individual activities that reinforce the ideas and concepts covered in the novel accompany each reading selection. The 50 adolescents that have participated in the project have improved their self-concepts and self-confidence. (Contains 31 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Disorders, Curriculum, Delinquency, Emotional Disturbances, High Risk Students, High School Students, High Schools, Learning Activities, Novels, Reader Response, Reader Text Relationship, Reading Programs, Self Concept, Short Stories, Student Development, Whole Language Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (71st, San Antonio, TX, April 5-9, 1993).