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Using Quality Literature to Enhance Curriculum GCU: SED 435September 15, 2019
Quality Literature in Content Area ClassroomsQuality literature helps teachers to build literacy-rich classrooms in all content areas. Using literary text in content-area classrooms “ensures that students develop not only skilled reading practices but also more engaged responses to text with the additional benefit of improved test scores,” (Dombey, 2009).
Using Literature to Enhance Curriculum in Mathematics Literature can connect math to real life scenarios, giving reason why math is important and how to it used in different situations.Reading books that incorporate math skills and ideas helps dismiss the myth that math is boring, dry and difficult. It can help students who are struggling to understand a concept by providing context that illuminates the meaning. Introduces math in a non-threating way and helps create interest in the subject. Stimulate critical thinking Enhance math skills"Reading books that weave mathematical ideas into engaging stories helps dispel the myth that math is dry, unimaginative, and inaccessible” (Bafile, 2008).
Engaging Activities"Books are stories about people and their lives, and these lives involve numbers.“ Marilyn Burns Using the accompany literature, students will solve problems in the book using mathematical skills. Different activities can be used by looking for ways that math is used in a book. Lesson can accompany literature that is being used in another class or from the schools required reading list. Discovering costs of medical treatments using percentages based on different rates of insurance payments. Create statistics for sports playersFind the main character a job based on their qualifications, and create a budget for them. Budget a cost for a party thrownDistance: How long did it take a character to get from point A to point B, based on how long they were driving and how fast.
Suggested Literature Crazy Horse Electric Gameby Chris Crutcher (Grades 9-12) “A high school athlete, frustrated at being handicapped after an accident, runs away from home and is helped back to mental and physical health by a benefactor and the people in a special school where he enrolls,” (Crutcher, 2003). Of Mice and Menby John Steinbeck (Grades 9-12)“This classic novel tells the tale of an unusual friendship between two very different men: the mentally challenged and sometimes violent Lennie, and his loyal yet reluctant caretaker George. Finding comfort in one another's company, George and Lennie travel from farm to farm looking for work in pre-Depression Salinas Valley, California,” (Steinbeck, 1937) The Great Gatsbyby F. Scott Fitzgerald (Grades 9-12)“Gatsby embodies the naive American notion that it is possible to invent oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby's youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated by both the display of enormous wealth and the essential integrity that he perceives in Gatsby's vision, becomes his confidante and accomplice in his plan to capture the heart of Daisy Buchanan,” (Fitzgerald, 1925).