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Sipe, Lawrence R. – Theory into Practice, 1999
Examines how researchers can study children's interaction with literature, discussing various perspectives that can be taken on children's literary responses and suggesting lines of inquiry and concepts that might be useful for the continued examination of children's responses. Focuses on the author, the literary text itself, the reader, and the…
Descriptors: Authors, Children, Childrens Literature, Context Effect
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Tyson, Cynthia A. – Theory into Practice, 1999
Shares the responses of seven urban, male, African-American fifth graders to contemporary realistic fiction, discussing how the tying of this literature to the events in the boys' lives had the potential to move them toward social action. The paper examines the following: literature as a catalyst, reader responses to texts, critical literacy, and…
Descriptors: Black Students, Children, Childrens Literature, Critical Reading
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Short, Kathy G. – Theory into Practice, 1999
Many current criticisms of literature-based curriculum revolve around the use of balance in literacy instruction. This paper challenges these criticisms by sharing a personal history and proposing a curricular framework that provides an alternative view of balance, particularly in relation to the role of guided reading and literature discussion…
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Literature, Curriculum, Elementary Education
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Harris, Violet J. – Theory into Practice, 1999
Discusses the evaluation of children's literature and children's responses to literature, examining ideas posed by various writers and scholars, offering an example of a critical reading of one text, and noting several themes that are apparent in the text (e.g., gaining access to cultural institutions, refuting stereotypic images, and creating…
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Literature, Critical Reading, Critical Theory
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Dresang, Eliza T.; McClelland, Kathryn – Theory into Practice, 1999
Describes the concept of radical change, a theoretical construct that identifies and explains books with characteristics reflecting the types of interactivity, connectivity, and access that permeate the emerging digital society. Highlights innovative ways that authors, illustrators, and designers incorporate these features into books for…
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Literature, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change
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Stan, Susan – Theory into Practice, 1999
Examines contemporary children's books published internationally as a backdrop against which to view the international books available to U.S. children. Representative situations from developed and developing nations demonstrate the constraints involved in publishing children's books. The examples help explain why international fare offered to…
Descriptors: Children, Childrens Literature, Developing Nations, Elementary Education