ERIC Number: ED402507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Whole Language in ABLE--Just Do It! Research to Practice.
The whole language approach was used with a "well" or successful adult basic and literacy education (ABLE) group. Literature was chosen as a curriculum for which group work could be devised that was geared to all levels of students. The book used was "Choices" by George Ella Lyon, a book of short stories written by characters who live in a small mountain community and the choices they made in their lives. No story was longer than four pages, and they were written in the character's dialect. Attendance was voluntary at groups held one or two times per week for about an hour. The group consisted of students at all reading levels, with a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and an age range of 23-65. Students took turns reading the story out loud. The teacher would stop several times during each story for discussion of characters' dilemmas and thoughts. Findings included the following: nonreaders became active readers and participants with the help of other readers; reading skills, vocabulary, and comprehension improved noticeably; students began to take books home; lower-level students, who were quiet and reserved, began sharing their opinions and experiences; and students learned social skills and solved problems together. Students enjoyed having groups and began asking for group work daily. A problem with infighting arose, with hostility developing toward lower-level students. As a solution, students made group rules. After finishing "Choices," students began work on their own short stories. (One student's story is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.