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ERIC Number: EJ896461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Of Mice and Media
Day, John
English Journal, v100 n1 p70-75 Sep 2010
Implementing multimedia in the high school language arts curriculum has become necessary so that teachers may build connections between the background knowledge of students and the printed texts that are thrust upon them. This idea comes from an area of research in cognitive science known commonly as schema theory, which contends that every perception of human experience, including reading, involves an interaction between the input one receives and what one already knows. Therefore, students should comprehend a text more easily if they are able to call on schema that relate to that material. As teachers they may sometimes forget that feeling of struggle and take for granted the natural ability to access schema during reading, while many students with less reading experience have not developed or even acquired this skill. In this article, a high school teacher describes how he uses multimedia in conjunction with other activities to overcome low student motivation for reading traditional literature. Focused on "Of Mice and Men," the pedagogy described is easily applied to other works. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A