Sensitive Issues

Sensitive Issues

by Cindy S. Gillespie, Timothy V. Rasinski


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Because children's literature explores serious issues using situations and language young students can readily understand, the authors of Sensitive Issues have selected current fiction and nonfiction elementary-level titles that can also be developed into units of study. They describe popular high-quality literature and stimulating activities to help young people deal with specific and important issues in their lives: divorce, substance abuse, death and dying, nontraditional home environments, child abuse, prejudice and cultural differences, moving, and disabilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897747776
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/21/1992
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 5 - 11 Years

About the Author

TIMOTHY V. RASINSKI is associate professor of teacher development and curriculum studies, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. He is a member of the International Reading Association, the College Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. Dr. Rasinski received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University, Columbus, in language, literacy, and literature education.

CINDY S. GILLESPIE is assistant professor, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. She is a member of the International Reading Association, the College Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the American Reading Forum. Dr. Gillespie received a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, Athens, in reading education.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Making Reading Real 3

Problems in the World 4

Literacy and Aliteracy 5

A New Approach 7

Resources 9

Empowerment 11

1 Using Children's Books To Explore Sensitive Issues 13

Why Use Children's Literature? 13

Why Read Aloud? 14

What Strategies May Be Used? 14

Directed Reading-Thinking Activity 14

Directed Listening-Thinking Activity 15

Inferential Strategy 15

Intra-Act 16

Guided Reading Procedure 17

Guided Listening Procedure 18

Directed Listening-Language Experience Approach 19

Expectation Outline 19

Radio Reading 20

What Follow-Up Activities May Be Used? 20

Petry 20

The Name Pem 20

The Five W's and H Pem 21

Biopems 21

Cinquain 22

Diamante 22

Art 23

Writing 24

Drama 24

Reader's Theater 24

Story Theater 25

TV Talk Show 25

References 25

2 Dealing with Divorce 27

Fiction 28

Nonfiction 45

3 Dealing with Substance Abuse 55

Fiction 56

Nonfiction 63

4 Dealing with Death and Dying 81

5 Dealing with Nontraditional Home Environments 109

6 Dealing with Child Abuse 139

Fiction 139

Nonfiction 157

7 Dealing with Prejudice and Cultural Differences 161

8 Dealing with Moving 193

9 Dealing with Illness and Disability 223

Illness 224

Disability 234

Directory of Publishers 251

Index 257

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