Posted on 03/18/2014 at 01:21 PM by Global Reach
The Roles of Children’s Literature in the Primary Grades
By: Frank Serafini and Lindsey Moses
Blog Written By: Teresa Murray, NWAEA Instructional/CIM Coach
Ten Ways Children’s Literature can be
Integrated into the Beginning Reading Workshop
- Children’s Literature as a Space for Thoughtful Discussion:
Texts teachers read to students can be more complex than the texts students read independently. The interactive read-aloud allows opportunities for teachers to introduce new types of stories and information and allows readers to share their ideas and learn from others.
- Children’s Literature as a Catalyst for Building a Community of Readers:
Teachers can engage students in thoughtful dialog about important topics such s bullying or making a difference. Book clubs, literature discussion groups, and book talks are all great opportunities for building a community of readers through student-led interactions and conversation.
- Children’s Literature as a Vicarious Experience:
Children’s literature provides a platform for children to experience people, places, and circumstances that they may not be able to experience in real life. This helps foster tolerance and acceptance in our children.
- Children’s Literature for Developing Curiosity and Imagination:
Reading aloud to children and letting them discuss what they have visualized during the read-aloud fosters imagination and supports for the understanding of text and the world around them.
- Children’s Literature as Example of Language Play:
Reading aloud stories with a whimsical language encourages students to explore ways to experiment with oral and written language
- Children’s Literature for Developing Narrative Competencies:
Wordless picture books develop a sense of story and the various ways that narratives work.
- Children’s Literature as Mentor Texts for Writing:
“Reading like a writer” is a phrase surrounding the use of mentor texts in reading
and writing workshops. Mentor texts can encourage children in their own writing and enjoyment.
- Children’s Literature for Developing a Sense of Being a Reader:
The challenges of reading can be highlighted to help students deal with the
complexities of the reading process. Literature enables students to share their own concerns and successes in a relatively risk-free environment.
- Children’s Literature as a Way of Coming to Know the World:
Informational texts spark curiosity, encourage further reading and research, and
answer many questions students pose.
- Children’s Literature as a Way of Developing Reading Abilities:
Teachers can demonstrate proficient reading through think-alouds making available
their questioning and meaning-making strategies during the act of reading.
***To read the full article, please locate the March 2014 issue of The Reading Teacher.
Serafini, F., & Moses, L. (2014). The roles of children’s literature in the primary grades. The Reading
Teacher, 67(6), 465-468.