Approaches To Literature Through Authors

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After fourteen years of success in a K-6 school and a K-8 magnet school, the author shares the methods and techniques for using the works of popular or important authors and award-winning illustrators to teach students reading skills for recognizing styles, themes, and subjects. In addition, using this approach affords educators the unique opportunity of sharing the enjoyment of literature and appreciation for stylistic technique.

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Overview

After fourteen years of success in a K-6 school and a K-8 magnet school, the author shares the methods and techniques for using the works of popular or important authors and award-winning illustrators to teach students reading skills for recognizing styles, themes, and subjects. In addition, using this approach affords educators the unique opportunity of sharing the enjoyment of literature and appreciation for stylistic technique.

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The series focuses on the materials and approaches that seem to be prominent for grouping literature, the prime purpose being to identify promising methods, techniques, and strategies for getting students to read. The present volume offers suggestions for a developmental approach to both reading skills and the skills intrinsic to a modified whole-language approach to literary arts. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897747769
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/14/1993
  • Series: The Oryx Reading Motivation Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY ELIZABETH WILDBERGER is a nationwide consultant in media arts.

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Table of Contents

Series Statement
Preface
Introduction
Ch. 1 An Author Approach to Literature 1
Rationale for Selecting an Author Approach 2
Basal Reader and Library Book: The Partnership 4
Whole-Language Strategies 5
Professional Resources 9
Ch. 2 The Caldecott Club 10
Creative Thinking 12
The Inclusion Process 13
Unit Objectives 13
Unit 1: Nonny Hogrogian 15
Unit 2: Robert McCloskey 22
Unit 3: Marcia Brown 28
Unit 4: Barbara Cooney 37
Unit 5: Leo and Diane Dillon 42
Unit 6: Chris Van Allsburg 47
Ch. 3 The Cleary Club 55
"Think-Pair-Share" 56
Core Thinking Skills 57
Cooperative Learning 58
Unit Objectives 59
Unit on Beverly Cleary 61
Books by Beverly Cleary 73
Ch. 4 Contemporary Realistic Fiction 76
Criteria for Realistic Fiction 78
Entry Levels for a Unit on Realistic Fiction 79
Unit 1: Betsy Byars 86
Unit 2: A Betsy Byars Sampler 92
Unit 3: Walter Dean Myers 99
Unit 4: A Walter Dean Myers Sampler 107
Books by Betsy Byars and Walter Dean Myers 110
Ch. 5 Shifting Levels of Fantasy 112
Criteria for Fantasy 115
Entry Levels for a Unit on Fantasy 117
Graphic Organizers 119
Unit 1: Lloyd Alexander 122
Unit 2: Laurence Yep 145
Unit 3: The Electronic Journal 155
Ch. 6 Trilogies and Series: A Literary Family Reunion 160
Creative Writing in a Modified Whole-Language Program 162
Unit Objectives 163
Unit 1: Ursula LeGuin 164
Unit 2: Cynthia Voigt 170
Ch. 7 Shakespeare, His World and Ours 184
A Model for a Schoolwide Theme Project Based on Shakespeare 186
Unit 1: Will, the Pilgrims, and the Indians - A Kindergarten-Primary Social Studies Experience 187
Recipes for an Elizabethan Feast 190
Unit 2: The Flowers Are Sweet - A Primary Science Experience 192
Shakespearean References to Flowers 197
Birth Month Flowers 199
Unit 3: Shakespeare's Animals - A Primary Science Experience 199
Unit 4: Will, You Write Well - A Primary Creative Writing Experience 203
Unit 5: Shakespeare and the New World - An Intermediate Social Studies Experience 206
Unit 6: Science and Shakespeare - An Intermediate Science Experience 208
Unit 7: Shakespeare, Notable and Quotable - An Intermediate Reading-Language Arts Experience 210
Selected Shakespearean Epigraphs 211
Unit 8: Theme of Love in Midsummer Night's Dream - A Middle School Reading-English Experience 213
Unit 9: Multicultural Infusions in Othello and Antony and Cleopatra 218
Index 231
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