Engaging with Literature
What to know about Literature
- Helps students develop insight
- Develops imagination, curiosity, and problem solving
- Provides points of reference for students- connecting understand and personal experience
- Create a library in your classroom
- READ, READ, READ
What makes Quality Literature?
- Style- author's way of writing
- Point of View- how the narrator tells the story
- Setting - when and where does the story take place
- Character(s)- who is in the story
- Plot- action of the story, has a beginning, rising action, climax, and resolution
- Theme- central idea of the whole story
Genre's of Literature
- Traditional Literature- heritage of humankind.
- ex- Little Red Riding Hood
- Poetry- condensed language, imagery, expression of imaginative thoughts and perceptions.
- ex- A Light in the Attic
- Fantasy- make believe stories
- ex- Phantom Tollbooth
- Science Fiction- stories of what might happen in the future.
- ex- The Giver
- Realistic Fiction- "What if" stories
- ex- Yolanda's Genius
- Historical Fiction- Set in the past/ events of the past
- ex- Little House on the Prairie
- Biography- account of a person's life
- ex- Lincoln: A Photobiography
- Informational- facts about the real world
- ex- animals or plants
- Picture Books
- ex- Where the Wild Things Are
How Children Learn!
- Learn and make unique connections
- Bring background knowledge
- Interpret the reading differently
- Children need to be engaged in the book.
- Have motivation to read
- Students will pick books based off of their interest and ability
- We cannot force a book on a child
- Making a choice positively affects a child's educational development
- Provide students time to read independently
What to do at Home?
- Read with kids!
- Have them read to you and you read to them!
- Make reading fun
- Don't push it on your children
- Find books that children are interested in/ can read.