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Presenting enriching and practical activities for using literature in the K-8 classroom.

This edition continues to provide current and future classroom teachers with exciting classroom-tested and research-based activities for ensuring children's successful interactions with literature. The book is packed with activities, all of which are grounded in theory and universal in nature so they can be applied to books of all levels. The activities have been updated to reflect current research and trends. The authors support teachers’ efforts to be effective decision-makers as they plan literature instruction for their culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse K-8 students. This fifth edition also includes a greater emphasis on new literacies and on writing in response to literature.

Features of the book:

  • A reader-friendly book that will be a valuable resource for current and future teachers.
  • Specific activities and examples from a variety of grade levels and genres help teachers apply and adapt activities based on instructional goals.
  • The activities are organized according to the three phases of the instructional cycle–pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading.
  • The activities support deep comprehension and rich responses to literature.
  • The activities prompt rich oral language interactions and stimulate vocabulary and academic language development.
  • The activities are appropriate for the full range of learners in the classroom.
  • The importance of sharing multicultural literature and informational trade books is discussed and examples are included throughout the text.
  • A list of up-to-date children's literature Web sites supports teachers’ efforts to integrate technology into their instruction and provides a means for maintaining currency.

New to this edition:

  • Activities that integrate technology support understanding of new literacies and show how the Internet can expand children’s responses to literature in powerful ways.
  • A new discussion of writing helps teachers understand the important role of writing in a rich literature program.
  • A greater discussion of diverse learning needs helps teachers understand how to plan for the full range of learners in the classroom.
  • More activities and new examples from recent award-winning literature are shared.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137144259
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/6/2009
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,040,793
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


CHAPTER ONE Using Literature in the Classroom 1

Literature in the Classroom 1
Teacher Responsibilities 5
Rationale for Selection of Activities for This Book 6
The Role of New Literacies 12
Conclusion 14

CHAPTER TWO Prereading Activities 15

Anticipation Guides 18
Opinionnaires/Questionnaires 20
Book Boxes 24
Book Bits 27
Character Quotes 32
Contrast Charts 33
K-W-L Charts 36
Semantic Maps 38
Preview-Predict-Confirm 40
Concrete Experiences 44
Picture Packets 46
Picture Carousels 47
Quickwrites 51
Quickdraws 53
Conclusion 54

CHAPTER THREE During-Reading Activities 55

Literature Circles 57
Strategy Cards 60
Literature Maps 62
Character Maps 66
Character Webs 70
Character Carousels 71
Graphic Organizers 73
Character Perspective Charts 77
Journals 80
Character Blogs 85
Feelings Charts 87
Contrast Charts 90
Ten Important Words 90
Conclusion 94

CHAPTER FOUR Postreading Activities 95

Polar Opposites 97
Literary Report Cards 100
Character Trait Charts 102
Plot Profiles 104
Powerful Passages 106
Sketch to Stretch 108
3-D Responses 110
Multimedia Responses 111
Dramatic Responses 113
Venn Diagrams 115
Book Charts 117
Internet Investigations 121
Conclusion 124

CHAPTER FIVE Writing and Bookmaking Activities 125

A Process Approach to Writing 126
Poetic Responses 128
Literary Borrowing 132
Multigenre Responses 134
Pop-Up Books 136
Accordion Books 137
Fold-Up Books 138
Upside-Down Books 139
Retelling Picture Books 140
Graduated-Pages Books 142
Baggie Books 143
Paper-Bag Books 144
Conclusion 145

Afterword 146

APPENDIX Internet Resources 148



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