ERIC Number: ED378597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Journey through Fantasy Literature: A Resource Guide for Teachers. Volume I.
Herrin, Roberta T., Ed.; Davis, Sarah K., Ed.
Chronicling a year-long project to study fantasy literature, this book presents essays, teaching units, student writing, and "jack tales." The project chronicled in the book consisted of a 3-week intensive study program for librarians and teachers of grades 2 through 7 throughout the Appalachian region, followed up by two more meetings during the following school year, and ending in a Fantasy Fair. The first chapter of the book presents 16 lectures and responses of program participants, including "The Deeper Magic of Fantasy Literature" (Isabel B. Stanley); and "Fantasy and Satire" (Martha Crow); and "A Ludic Approach to 'Charlotte's Web'" (Robert J. Higgs). The second chapter presents eight teaching units for works such as "The Chronicles of Narnia,""The Hobbit,""The Witches," and "Lafcadio." The third chapter presents, in essay form, teachers' approaches to various fantasy titles, discusses how they overcame obstacles and how they celebrated success, including "Doorway to Fantasy" (Anne Lewis), "Fantasy in the Eighth Grade" (Donna Jordan), and "Teaching across-the-Curriculum with Fantasy Literature" (Marlene Douglass). Chapter 4 includes short fiction and drama written by elementary school students in response to their study of fantasy literature. Chapter 5 presents jack tales and related cluster group activities. Appendixes list participants, staff, and mentors, along with a section on the Fantasy Fair, which includes a description, a catalogue of wining entries, and photographs of the day's events. Lists of 94 books, 74 articles, and 33 reference materials on fantasy literature are attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: East Tennessee State Univ., Johnson City.