ERIC Number: ED377196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Picture Books: A New Text for Teaching Reading and Writing in the Intermediate Grades.
Jones, Beth; Poore, Michael T.
Children's picture books, for example Allan Say's "Grandfather's Journey," can provide fresh materials and approaches to teaching reading to students in intermediate grades. One approach for preservice teachers learning to use children's literature might be to begin by planning possible uses for one or more literature selections and then organizing those ideas into disciplines, themes, or skill areas. A teacher should provide many and varied experiences that include reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Using the Say book a teacher might ask students to discuss and write quick comparisons of two people. Then the teacher might introduce "Grandfather's Journey" and ask students to listen for ways that the grandfather and grandson could be compared and contrasted, as the teacher reads. Then an activity with a Venn diagram would allow further exploration of comparison between the story characters. For evaluation and assessment of skills and experiences the teacher might use writing exercises focused on the words "walk,""journey," and "experience" to allow students to write creatively about their own perception of these concepts in their lives. Responding techniques to these writing assignments become important to encouraging and developing self-confidence in future writing ability. Teachers should correct misspellings or other mistakes by modeling correct versions. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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