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ERIC Number: EJ935753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
"We Are Special, beyond Our Special Needs": E*LIT Project Entry Inspires Pride in Disabilities' Students. Spotlight Feature
Dopke-Wilson, MariRae
Educators' Spotlight Digest, v2 n3 Fall 2007
The spin on Frazer School Librarian Laurie LeFever's entry for Syracuse University's 2007 E*LIT competition is what made her school literacy project for children with disabilities really unique. Instead of working with students to create a project that would be targeted toward children with disabilities, she actually used students with disabilities to create the project! The outcome was an inspiring and memorable experience for students of Frazer's 7th and 8th grade community based, special needs classroom known as Mrs. Sorrendino's Community. Their goals in school are not necessarily to learn how to write a paragraph or pass a test. Instead, these special needs students are in class to learn basic life skills. While some are unable to write their names or speak in sentences, LeFever's project enabled all of them to become active participants authoring, illustrating, printing, and publishing a book about their special talents. This article showcases a collaborative project between a school librarian, art teacher, and a special needs classroom teacher.
S.O.S. for Information Literacy. Syracuse University Center for Digital Literacy, 105 Hinds Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
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Language: English
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