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ERIC Number: ED458530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 12
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Teaching with Cats: Integration of Children's Interests and Literature To Enhance Reading Comprehension.
Goss, Gail
This paper discusses and demonstrates how to use children's interests combined with children's literature to make learning easier. According to the paper, the concept is to choose an area that excites children, one where they already have a developed schemata or knowledge base, then to use children's trade books about that topic to teach the skills and strategies that build stronger readers. The paper uses the theme of a love of cats as an example of an interdisciplinary approach to teach a variety of reading skills, strategies, and genre and opines that this same approach is effective with any topic that interests children. It lists the benefits of using an interdisciplinary teaching approach and provides examples of how to accomplish this approach. It then outlines several literary genres--fantasy, realistic fiction, poetry, content information--and provides some examples and activities which can be adapted to different grade levels by changing the materials and directions. The paper concludes by summarizing key points when using an interdisciplinary approach. (Contains 7 references and an extensive bibliography of "cat books" in various genres. Lists 7 web sites.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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