Developing Learning Skills Through Children's Literature

Developing Learning Skills Through Children's Literature

by Terri Parker Street, Letty S. Watt


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This is not a revision but an entirely updated volume of selected high-quality literature published from 1986 to 1993. Volume 2 shows how to create a literature-based program—either thematic or across the curriculum—based on quality contemporary and classic literature. The authors explain how to select the most appropriate books and how to use them in the classroom to encourage learning through literature. Each volume contains six chapters arranged by grade level and divided into units covering books on a particular topic or theme, books by a particular author, or books of a particular type or genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897747462
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/29/1994
Series: Developing Learning Skills Through Children's Literature Series , #2
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

LETTY WATT teaches gifted and talented children at Jefferson Elementary School, Norman, Oklahoma. She is especially involved with grades K-5. As owner of Learning Connections, she is a consultant on literature-based learning.

TERRI PARKER STREET holds a B.S. in music education and a Master's of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma, Norman. She taught music in elementary and secondary schools for 13 years and has presented workshops in the areas of music and the visual arts. She has been an elementary school library media specialist for the past five years.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Introduction: The Need for a Literature Program xi

Chapter 1 Kindergarten/First Grade 1

Everyday Places and Events with Anne Rockwell 1

Exploring Concepts with Bruce McMillan 5

The Joy of Nature with Nancy Tafuri 9

The Graphic Art of Ann Jonas and Donald Crews 13

Learning Facts with Aliki 18

Me, Myself, and I 22

Rhyme Time 26

It's as Easy as ABC 31

The Antics of David McPhail's Characters 34

Chapter 2 First Grade/Second Grade 39

A Pet Project 39

Talent A to Z: Amy SchwartZ 43

The Art and Language of Audrey and Don Wood 48

Grandparents: A Family Album 53

Presenting Information with Gail Gibbons 57

Developing Character through the Works of Lillian Hoban 62

Family Fun with Marc and Laurie Brown 66

Rhythms and Rhymes 71

The Many Faces of Tony Johnston 75

Chapter 3 Second Grade/Third Grade 81

Feelings Shared by Cynthia Rylant 81

Mirrored Feelings in the Books of Elizabeth Winthrop 85

Eve Bunting: A Bit o' the Irish 90

Janet Stevens's Characters in Costumes 95

Winter Times and Tales 100

Adventures in Science with Joanna Cole 104

Under the Pet Tree 109

Mem Fox and Margaret Mahy: Readings from Down Under 113

Viewing Nature with Joanne Ryder 118

Chapter 4 Third Grade/Fourth Grade 123

Bridges to the Past: Biographies by David Adler 123

Caldecott Connections 129

Story Mapping with Johanna Hurwitz 137

A Variety of Verses 142

Inventive Thoughts 146

Examining Theme in Jane Yolen's Books 151

Jerry Pinkney's Illustrations: Reflections of Life and Character 157

Wild Voices: Mysteries of Animal Communication 163

Story Elements in the Books of Eth Clifford 168

Chapter 5 Fourth Grade/Fifth Grade 173

Funnybones 173

Patricia MacLachlan's Memories and Models 178

Legends and Lore of Earth and Sky 184

The Surreal World of Chris Van Allsburg 190

Investigating Genres with Sid and Paul Fleischman 197

Mapping Outer Space with Seymour Simon 204

Character Development with Bill Wallace 209

Word Play 215

Exploring Relationships with Alfred Slote 220

Chapter 6 Fifth Grade/Sixth Grade 226

Sights and Scenes with Leonard Everett Fisher 226

It's a Mystery to Me! 231

Kathryn Lasky's Devices of Style 237

Thirteen Strong Women 243

Story Time within a Rhyme: Pems that Tell Stories 250

Avi's Stories and Structures 255

Capturing Mood in the Writings of Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 261

Overcoming the Odds 266

Lloyd Alexander's Realms of Fantasy 273Appendix I Biographical Sources for Authors and Illustrators 279

Appendix II Directory of Publishers, Producers, and Distributors 280

Index 285

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