The Hero is ME
A methodology   that motivatesreading by casting  the child as the hero of the story
If a child doesn’t seehimself in the pagesof a book, he will golooking for himself inall the wrong places.  Richard	  Peck...
But children likethese:
Photo:	  	  Renato	  Garcia	  Crea7ve	  Commons	  
Photo:	  	  Pratham	  Books	  Crea7ve	  Commons	  
Photo:	  	  Jayela	  Heram	  Crea7ve	  Commons	  
Photo:	  	  Pratham	  Books	  Crea7ve	  Commons	  
Photo:	  	  Pratham	  Books	  Crea7ve	  Commons	  
Don’t usually seethemselves or theworld that they knowbetween the pagesof a book.
If they did,reading wouldmake so muchmore sense.
And would be somuch more fun.
The Hero is MEIs a method of enthusingchildren by creating big booksthat put the reader and thereader’s world into therete...
Children can createbooks about thepeople, places andthings they know.
And the children canplay a starring rolein the storytelling.
•  Emergent readers and writers,   Primary and Special Children•  Child-centred•  Creates a positive relationship   with r...
The Hero isME
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story
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The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story

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A presentation describing a teachingmethodology developed by Judy Tennant that motivates reading by casting the child as the hero of the story

ABSTRACT

‘If a child can’t find himself on a page early on in life, he will go looking for himself in all the wrong places,’ Newbery-winning author Richard Peck once said. But what of the Asian child? The sheer diversity of cultures and languages in our region means most Asian children will struggle to find characters who look like themselves or share their culture within the pages of a book. Indeed, in many Asian countries, our children’s reading is dominated by Western literature, with heroes and settings far removed from their experiences. This has implications to a child’s self-esteem and identity. In addition, this may stand in the way of the future development of regional literature. Publishing, ultimately is a business, thus the majority language will always prevail to the possible detriment of literature in minority languages.

Judy Tennant’s Hero is Me approach methodology takes a popular text and via various techniques, enables children to retell a story with themselves as the characters in a big format book that they can read all together and re-read again and again. The effect is transformational – creating a positive and long-lasting engagement with books and reading:

• By putting the children into the book the story becomes personalised for each child. They see themselves as part of the story.
• Retelling a story in their image gives the children ownership of the book which creates a positive relationship with reading (teachers can extend the technique by using regional dialect)
• To create the book is a conceptual journey reinforcing all the developmental stages of an emergent reader. The child must engage with a book from all angles – reading it from left to right, top to bottom, and learning about page turns.
• Seeing themselves in the story encourages children to identify themselves with books and reading – triggering the innate belief “I can read”
• Seeing themselves in a book creates the sense of a book being part of their lives.
• Writing the book together creates a confidence in their own narrative – “My story matters” “It’s all about me”
• Being part of the creation of a book motivates and empowers the child to approach words with ease.
• Reading together empowers all levels of reading ability in the class.
• This approach leaves the fear of reading out because the act of creation leaves all children with a tremendous sense of achievement, feeling good about themselves and about books.
• Over and above everything else: the Hero is Me approach is both engaging, inclusive and fun.

BIOGRAPHY
Judy Tennant has been teaching for 30 years, working with special children for the past ten. She is Educational Development Director of Teachers Beyond Borders.

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The Hero is Me - motivate readers by casting the child as the hero of the story

  1. 1. The Hero is ME
  2. 2. A methodology that motivatesreading by casting the child as the hero of the story
  3. 3. If a child doesn’t seehimself in the pagesof a book, he will golooking for himself inall the wrong places. Richard  Peck   Newbery  Prize  winner  
  4. 4. But children likethese:
  5. 5. Photo:    Renato  Garcia  Crea7ve  Commons  
  6. 6. Photo:    Pratham  Books  Crea7ve  Commons  
  7. 7. Photo:    Jayela  Heram  Crea7ve  Commons  
  8. 8. Photo:    Pratham  Books  Crea7ve  Commons  
  9. 9. Photo:    Pratham  Books  Crea7ve  Commons  
  10. 10. Don’t usually seethemselves or theworld that they knowbetween the pagesof a book.
  11. 11. If they did,reading wouldmake so muchmore sense.
  12. 12. And would be somuch more fun.
  13. 13. The Hero is MEIs a method of enthusingchildren by creating big booksthat put the reader and thereader’s world into theretelling of a story
  14. 14. Children can createbooks about thepeople, places andthings they know.
  15. 15. And the children canplay a starring rolein the storytelling.
  16. 16. •  Emergent readers and writers, Primary and Special Children•  Child-centred•  Creates a positive relationship with reading•  Gives the child ownership of the text•  Motivates child to engage in reading and writing
  17. 17. The Hero isME

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