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ERIC Number: ED480222
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-4
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Flying to Freedom: "Tar Beach" and "The People Could Fly."
Soalt, Jennifer
Reading with an awareness of intertextuality helps students respond in a dynamic manner to multicultural literature. Students explore themes of liberation and racism as they examine the connections, as well as the disjunctions, between two award-winning children's books. During the four 45-minute lessons, grade 3-5 students will: read and discuss multicultural literature in a meaningful, complex manner; become familiar with how genre and historical context are used to interpret texts; discover how to compare and contrast texts to uncover their intertextual links; develop ideas in verbal and written form; and learn how literature and art can be used to express inspiring visions of freedom and liberty. The instructional plan, lists of resources, student assessment/reflection activities, and a list of National Council of Teachers of English/International Reading Association (NCTE/IRA) Standards addressed in the lesson are included. (RS)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.