ERIC Number: ED480240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jun-11
Reference Count: N/A
Literature as a Catalyst for Social Action: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges.
Students are invited to confront and discuss issues of injustice and intolerance by reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction texts. During five to nine 45-minute sessions, students will: engage in critical discussions of shared texts and engage in independent reading of biographies to extend the literary experiences in read-aloud sessions; analyze and compare these shared texts in terms of genre, social and historical settings, conflicts, character development, and themes; explore the craft of the authors and artists, and discover the potential of the picture book for presenting complex ideas about the human experience; use intertextual links to build understanding as they read each new text in light of previous texts; confront injustices and inequities in the past and present as they discover the realities of social barriers then and now, and learn how literature can become a catalyst for social action: breaking barriers and building bridges; respond to shared texts and to independent reading experiences in group discussions and in Response Journals; and learn to formulate their own questions to generate critical study of literary texts. 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. A list of additional literature resources is attached. (PM)
Descriptors: Biographies, Critical Reading, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Independent Reading, Lesson Plans, Picture Books, Reading Instruction, Social Action
Managing Editor, ReadWriteThink, International Reading Association, 800 Barksdale Rd., P.O. Box 8139, Newark, DE 19714-8139. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: MarcoPolo Education Foundation.; National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; International Reading Association, Newark, DE.