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Literature-Based Teaching in the Content Areas

Literature-Based Teaching in the Content Areas
40 Strategies for K-8 Classrooms

  • Carole Cox - California State University, Long Beach, USA, Indian Association for Women's Studies, Bengaluru

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Elementary Teaching Methods

January 2011 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Literature-Based Teaching in the Content Areas: 40 Strategies for K-8 Classrooms is a collection of 40 literature-based strategies to teach Key Stages 1-4 content areas: language arts and reading, social studies, mathematics, science, and the arts.

Grounded in theory and research on best practices in each field, the strategies are classroom-tested and classroom-ready, with in-depth descriptions of practical activities. Each strategy describes in detail how to use one or more key books for each of the levels, Key Stage 1-2, Key Stage 3, and Key Stage 4, and also includes extensive book lists for creating classroom text sets. Ideas are also provided to differentiate instruction for English learners and struggling students.

The book is full of teaching tools: specific questions and prompts for discussion and writing, graphic organizers and student writing frames, mini-lessons on skills and writing conventions, technology resources, and assessment ideas for each strategy. A teacher can dip into the book and choose a content area, strategy, and books to put to use immediately in the classroom.

Introduction: Teaching in the Content Areas: Literature-Based Instruction in the K-8 Classroom
Part I. Language Arts and Reading
Part II. Social Studies
Part III. Mathematics
Part IV. Science
Part V. The Arts
About the Author

An excellent resource for pre-services teachers to have so that they go into the classroom with developed materials.

Mr Rhett Hutchins
Language & Literacy Education, University of Georgia
October 15, 2012
Key features

Key Features:

  • Extensive book lists of both classic and contemporary children's literature are tailored for different grade levels and English language learners.
  • A wealth of teaching tools include whole class and small group discussions and activities, ideas for student independent learning, graphic organizers, charts, frames, templates, sentence starters, tips for planning and mapping story dramatizations, and data sheets for teachers and students.
  • Use of technology is integrated throughout the book and includes teaching ideas for using web sites, software programs, Internet research, online discussion boards, interactive games, YouTube, digital photography, Smart Boards, WebQuests, and virtual field trips on the World Wide Web.
  • A wide range of assessment tools are covered, including rubrics, checklists, self- and peer-editing and assessment forms, student journals and logs, conference sheets, and record-keeping forms.
  • Struggling Students feature included in each strategy provides teachers with ways to differentiate instruction for struggling readers and writers, including accommodations for teacher modeling strategies, writing frames and templates for students, cooperative learning activities, and assessment.

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