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Teaching Reading and Writing Through Children’s Literature


reviewed by Karen L. Eichler — 2004

coverTitle: Teaching Reading and Writing Through Children’s Literature
Author(s): K. Sue Bradley, Jack Bradley and Shirley Ermis
Publisher: University Press of America, Lanham
ISBN: 0761826432, Pages: 161, Year: 2003
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Reading the book Teaching Reading and Writing Through Children’s Literature, brought back memories of a handbook I received from our district’s reading consultant during my first year of teaching.  I am a packrat who has a hard time throwing away anything that might be classroom useful some day, so I still have the booklet “Reading Games and Activities for the Middle Grades,” which was published as part of the Ginn Basic Reading Program, in 1964.  The premise that games are important in language acquisition and developing literacy skills is still alive and well, as evidenced in the book compiled by Bradley, Bradley, and Ermis.  This compilation of ideas for adding some fun and spice to literacy instruction is intended for pre-service and in-service teachers and could become a handy desk reference for language arts activities, as was my book of activities from Ginn.             I recognized many of the activities that I have used with many students, but there is a major difference between the way this collection... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 8, 2004, p. 1532-1535
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11287, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 11:01:55 AM

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  • Karen Eichler
    Western Washington University
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    KAREN L. EICHLER taught language arts in elementary and middle school for 28 years and developed curricula integrating language arts with the content areas of math, science, social studies, music, and art. Now retired from full-time public school teaching, she is currently facilitating experienced teachers as they develop portfolios for National Board Certification in a range of subjects and grade levels. Her contributions to the book Reaching Beyond the Classroom to Impact Student Learning: Stories from Accomplished Teachers, edited by Adrienne Mack-Kirschner, will be published in 2004 by Corwin Press.
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