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Children’s Literature and Learning: Literary Study Across the Curriculum


reviewed by Monica Gordon Pershey — January 08, 2008

coverTitle: Children’s Literature and Learning: Literary Study Across the Curriculum
Author(s): Barbara A. Lehman
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748234, Pages: 148, Year: 2007
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Children’s Literature and Learning: Literary Study Across the Curriculum offers an enriched perspective on teaching literature to elementary school students. The purpose of the book is to provide teachers with guidance on how to “make the link between teaching reading and reading literature” (p. xi). Lehman’s impetus for the book was her observation that two distinct curricular goals, literature study and teaching literacy, may not be explicit and complementary. A lack of focus on both goals may leave elementary teachers with little opportunity to teach literacy, in part, through children’s literature. Lehman makes the case for elementary teachers to offer children developmentally appropriate literary study, including recognition of narrative styles, literary themes, and literary language. She also promotes using children’s literature to teach academic content, such as history or science, and acknowledges that children’s literature can enhance the teaching of literacy skills and strategies, such as students’ self-monitoring of their... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 08, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14869, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 6:34:52 PM

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  • Monica Pershey
    Cleveland State University
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    MONICA GORDON PERSHEY, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Speech and Hearing Program, Department of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Gordon Pershey is the author of numerous articles and presentations on children's language and literacy development and on professional development issues in speech-language pathology and education. The recipient of the 2005 Elva Knight Research Grant awarded by the International Reading Association, she is currently analyzing the features of 1,200 samples of narrative writing produced by African-American students in grades four and six.
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