Children's Literature Lesson 3 - Page1of9 1 EDCI3000 Lesson3 It's the beginning of the school year Your are planning your presentation about your lit

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Page 1 of 9 EDCI 3000 Lesson 3 1) It's the beginning of the school year. Your are planning your presentation about your lit- erature program for a specific grade level that will be given on the upcoming parents' night. You have developed your program using the five major objectives of a literature program on page 74 in the Norton text. For each of these objectives, identify one title that you plan on reading during the school year to accomplish that specific objective. Identify the objective and state clearly each book's specific contributions to the corresponding objective. Use books from the Appendix in the back of this study guide, assuming they all have the administration's approval. Objective #1: help students realize that literature is for entertainment and can be enjoyed throughout their lives. Book to be used: The Snake Scientist by Sy Montgomery This book can be used to engage students early in the book with the action and mystery the narrator depicts. Not only does this book keep students interested throughout due to the ac- tion, it will also make them use their higher levels of thinking to evaluate, analyze and predict what is happening or will be happening throughout the book. This book is very fast moving and interesting which will help students realize that literature is entertaining. it may also create a new interest in snakes and science for students. Objective #2: acquaint children with their literary heritage. Book to be used: My Freedom Trip: A Child's Escape From North Korea by Frances and Ginger Park This book is about a young girl who is escaping from North Korea to South Korea just before the outbreak of the Korean War. This is an excellent way for students to understand the impact that world events have on others even though they themselves have not been directly im- pacted. This book will also give students a bit of a history lesson as the story is based on memo-
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Page 2 of 9 EDCI 3000 Lesson 3 ries of the author's mother who herself fled North Korea. Although all of my students will not be able to identify with being Korean, I think that it is important for them to understand the history behind this book. This book can also be used to ask students to look at the story from the charac- ter's perspective and ask them how they may have handled it. Objective #3: help students understand the formal elements of literature and lead them to prefer the best that our literature has to offer. Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick Although this book is rated as a kindergarten level book, I think that its story is really ageless. Because of the simple, yet powerful language that is used, students can use this book to better understand how the elements of language can get their message and feelings across in words while using illustrations to support them. This book will help students learn how to say what they want to say well.
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