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ERIC Number: ED369042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 78
Abstractor: N/A
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Introducing Newbery Winners and Honor Books to Hispanic Fourth and Fifth Graders through a Recreational Reading Program.
Gunter, Dorothy
A practicum was designed to enhance students' knowledge of well known children's literature that is represented by the Newbery and Newbery Honor Award winning books. One fourth-grade and one fifth-grade class comprised of students reading at or near grade level at a metropolitan school with a nearly 97% Hispanic student population worked within a media specialist once a week. Pre- and post-surveys were developed and implemented. Test questions were developed to ascertain students' familiarity of Newbery titles. Teachers were encouraged to read Newbery titles to their classes. The media specialists "booktalked" several Newbery titles. A special area in the media center was designated to make Newbery books more accessible. An Early Bird Book Club and a Newbery Book Club were sponsored in which students could share Newbery titles as well as hear them read aloud. Contests and games were devised with paperback copies of Newbery and Newbery Honor books offered as prizes. Data analysis indicated that students' knowledge and familiarity of Newbery titles increased 365%. The teachers involved became advocates of reading aloud at the intermediate level. The Newbery books were circulated more at the school's media center and the local public library. The school-wide book fair sold out of several Newbery titles and reported that the Newbery titles sold more copies than at previous book fairs. (Contains 30 references; survey instruments, book title recognition tests, weekly activities, lists of Newbery winners, and a sample reading log.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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