ERIC Number: ED410467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Success Stories: Life Skills through Literature.
McLaughlin, Meghan; Trounstine, Jean; Waxler, Robert P.
This guide is an introduction to the theory and practice of using literature to teach life skills to persons who are or have been incarcerated. It is organized in three sections, each written by a practitioner who has used literature in a particular environment with a particular audience. The three sections are "Why Literature? The Power of Stories" (Robert P. Waxler); "Why Literature? Critical Thinking" (Meghan McLaughlin); and "Why Literature? The Dramatic Text" (Jean Trounstine). Each section has three elements: (1) a brief think piece on what makes literature such an appropriate tool for use with incarcerated persons; (2) a description of the way in which the author uses literature; and (3) sample lesson plans for works that the author has used with students. The guide also contains a matrix of suggested readings that includes, for each work used, a description of relevant themes and instructional tips. A bibliography lists 15 general works, 4 works on theatre, and 2 on women's literature. (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Correctional Education, Lesson Plans, Literacy Education, Literature Appreciation, Prisoners, Reading Instruction, Whole Language Approach
Office of Correctional Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Ave., S.W., MES 4529, Washington, DC 20202-7242.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Correctional Education.