ERIC Number: ED423410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Choices. Author: George Ella Lyon. Trade Book Teaching Ideas from the OLRC Reading Group. Teacher to Teacher Series.
"Choices" is a collection of 13 stories that George Ella Lyon, a writer of children's books, wrote specifically for adult new readers after conferring with adult basic education students in Kentucky. Although the individual stories are written from various people's points of view, they all tell of the dreams, hopes, and lives of working class people. Literacy teachers might offer several of the stories to their students simply to read. Six stories can serve as the focus of class discussions and other oral and written class activities, including activities requiring students to work in teams and develop charts and Venn diagrams. The ideas developed for using the stories with beginning readers were field tested in three separate adult basic education and literacy classes consisting primarily of female students who ranged in age from 23 to 65 years and whose reading level ranged from grade 1 to grade 12. Most of the students immensely enjoyed reading the stories aloud and participating in the class activities, and many students demonstrated noticeable improvements in their reading skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. The group discussion activities designed around the stories also helped students learn social skills and problemsolving skills together. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: National Inst. for Literacy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH. Ohio Literacy Resource Center.