The Wonder of It All: When Literature and Literacy Intersect / Edition 1

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Children's literature is an important presence in many literacy classrooms - but it can be so much more. In The Wonder of It All, you'll enter classrooms where literature is a full-fledged partner in literacy instruction and see how creating a literature-rich school environment engages students and stimulates them to grow as readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers.

The Wonder of It All details how practicing elementary and middle-level teachers can invite children's literature to become a partner in their teaching. Nancy Johnson and Cyndi Giorgis show you how to integrate children's literature throughout the school day and to use it for a variety of purposes, including addressing curricular expectations. Their advice helps you incorporate literature into the daily rhythm of your classroom, making it a vital presence that:

  • builds community
  • nurtures response
  • creates readers
  • inspires writing
  • promotes inquiry
  • cultivates wonder.

Johnson and Giorgis also include helpful features that provide insight into the power of children's literature, such as:
Literary Letters:writtenexchanges about a book between teacher and student that offer a way for teachers to gauge children's responses and encourage further reading
Conversation with…: interviews with well-known children'sauthors, illustrators, and editors that give you and your students new insight into children's literature and the creative processes behind it
Side by Side by Side: specific strategies for fostering partnerships among literature, teacher, and learner.

In addition, Johnson and Giorgis recommend hundreds of books, grouped by specific classroom goals to support literacy instruction.

With lively discussion of topics like reading aloud, literature circles, and ample evidence of the effectiveness of partnering with children's literature, The Wonder of It All is an ideal resource for any teacher eager to make the most of the books children love to read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009735
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/31/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 606,664
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy J. Johnson currently teaches 8th grade Reading/Language Arts at the Singapore American School while on leave as professor of English/Language Arts at Western Washington University where she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature, English/language arts methods, and writing. She is also coordinating SAS's first children's/young adult literature conference in February 2012. A former elementary and high school teacher, Johnson works in schools and presents at conferences locally, nationally, and internationally. She is the co-author of The Wonder of It All: When Literature and Literacy Intersect, as well as three books about literature circles, and she coordinated WWU's annual Children's Literature Conference for eight years. An active member of NCTE, IRA, and ALA, in 2003 Johnson served on the Newbery Award selection committee and was awarded the Arbuthnot Award by the International Reading Association for teaching and advocacy of children's literature. She was recently elected to the 2013 Caldecott Award selection committee.

Cyndi Giorgis is an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a former coauthor of the children's books column in The Reading Teacher and has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award committees. She has published and presented extensively on topics related to literature, reader response, and curriculum.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     ix
The Presence of Literature in Literacy Learning     1
What Are the Benefits of Partnering with Literature?     2
How Can Teachers Foster a Partnership with Literature?     5
How Do Teachers Develop This Partnership with Authors and Illustrators?     8
Conversation Marla Frazee and editor Allyn Johnston     11
Side by Side by Side
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