Teaching Children’s Literature - It’s Critical - 2nd edition
How much do I want to read more? 6/10
The message is good, only that the text is not that interesting.
This is a huge book to say what other books say in a better and more personal way.
This is almost like an academic book for teachers.
Not really the kind of books for parents.
his book argues that the future of our democracy depends on our collective ability to ensure that our children become enthusiastic and savvy readers, thinkers, and doers.
we argue for a new educational mantra that shifts the focus from raising test scores to raising readers.
- The first chapter (Introduction) describes our goals for the book and articulates a conceptual framework for our thinking.
- Chapters 2, 3, and 4 focus on creating the conditions for learners to enjoy reading—Why Reading Aloud Is Crucial, Teaching Reading with Literature.
- Chapters 5, 6, and 7 is the idea of preparing intellectually engaged readers who dig deeply.
- Chapters 8, 9, and 10 offer numerous suggestions for using children’s and adolescent literature to provide opportunities for students at all levels to take action.
1 - Introduction - Enjoy! Dig Deeply! Take Action!
We are talking about a reader with a flashlight under the covers after lights out because he simply cannot sleep until he finishes the chapter—or maybe even the whole book. In other words, we are talking about voracious readers who choose to read because they find great enjoyment in it.
the ultimate goal for all schooling in a democracy.
If we end up with citizens who cannot work with others and are only concerned with their own needs and interests, we have failed to educate them.
enjoyment is the primary goal for language arts teachers.
2 - Why Reading Aloud is Crucial
We think of reading aloud as a type of advertising for literacy that gets listeners interested in topics, books, and reading in general.
Why is advertising necessary? There’s a lot of competition for how kids spend their time. When they are not in school, they are bombarded with ads for movies, video games, television shows, and sports events.
kids will grow more quickly as readers when their teachers focus on reading aloud instead of directly teaching letter names and sounds. Success in getting kids to enjoy reading and books provides the foundation for literacy growth.
Educators are placing too much emphasis on teaching children how to read, and not enough on setting the stage for them to want to read.
reading aloud to them does not replace teaching them how to read, it serves a purpose that is just as important: It gives them a reason for wanting to learn to read.