ERIC Number: EJ830633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Language and Literacy: The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Nault, Dianne M.
Learning Languages, v13 n1 p25-27 Fall 2007
In immersion programs, language is not directly taught, but rather embedded into the content of a lesson. The target language is the medium of the lesson, not the object of the instruction. A story provides a language experience and encourages students to participate actively in the lesson. Children are also more apt to learn and retain ideas and language from the context of a story and picture books. In this article, the author presents a lesson that uses a story-based approach which can be applied to any other children's literature since it provides the opportunity to cover several curricular objectives at once. In this lesson, children listen to and discusses a story and then write their own stories based on the children's book, "The Legend of the Bluebonnet," by Tomie dePaola. This particular story reinforces concepts on the Native American tribes from Social Studies Curriculum. It also enhances the development of the children's literacy skills. The students improve their oral language skills with the meaningful discourse in the classroom.
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Immersion Programs, Picture Books, American Indians, Oral Language, Literacy, Language Skills, Language Enrichment, Tribes, Curriculum, Second Language Instruction, Grade 2, Second Language Learning
National Network for Early Language Learning. Winston-Salem, NC. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://nnell.org/journal.php
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts