ERIC Number: ED385748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Bringing Books to Adult Literacy Classrooms. Research to Practice.
Bloem, Patricia L.
This publication attempts to answer some common questions from adult basic education and General Educational Development teachers about the practice of using children's literature in the adult literacy classroom. Answers include the following: some books in the children's literature market are meant to be read and enjoyed by a wide diversity of ages; adults are not offended if children's literature is used as long as appropriate titles are chosen and they are presented carefully; benefits are expanded opportunities for student comprehension and enjoyment, suitability of picture books to short periods of instruction, and wide availability of books; and since books are available in the science, social studies, reading, and writing skills, children's informational books are a wonderful way to introduce concepts, demonstrate a point, or provide information to supplement textbooks. Suggested uses for children's books include reading aloud at the beginning of each class, projection onto an overhead screen so that students can read together, offered as writing prompts, offered as good writing models, and expansion of interdisciplinary units. The publication proposes that the practice of using children's literature rests on the whole language approach. It concludes by listing these programs that currently use children's literature: family literacy programs; Beginning with Books program, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; library discussion groups; and an adult basic education class of the Ohio Literacy Resource Center. Contains 27 references. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.