Creating A Literature Rich Classroom


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Creating A Literature Rich Classroom

  1. 1. Creating a Literature Rich Classroom Ideas From My Experience and Research
  2. 2. Use authentic literature <ul><li>Children benefit from real literature, not just books designed to teach reading. </li></ul><ul><li>These books use more varied language, vocabulary, and sentence structure. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for Newberry Medal/Honor books. </li></ul><ul><li>The Caldecott Medal is for picture books. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Read to your students daily <ul><li>Being read to exposes children to stories, vocabulary, and ideas that they would be unable to read independently </li></ul><ul><li>Having the teacher choose books exposes children to authors and titles that they would not choose on their own. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Encourage a variety of genres <ul><li>Students should be exposed to a variety of genres. </li></ul><ul><li>Again this exposes them to varied language and ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>This should include non-fiction as well. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Introduce multi-cultural literature <ul><li>This can help students develop understanding, tolerance, and respect for others. </li></ul><ul><li>Especially in Korea, where they may have little cultural exchange, it’s a great way to expose children to the world. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Choose books with challenging ideas <ul><li>Make students think about what they are reading. </li></ul><ul><li>Books can challenge students’ assumptions, and make them consider alternative viewpoints. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Students should be exposed to literature in many ways. <ul><li>Students should have the opportunity to share books with others, and to become independent readers. </li></ul><ul><li>Use small-group, read-aloud, listening, and independent reading. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Let students communicate about literature <ul><li>Give students opportunities to talk about and share their thoughts with others. </li></ul><ul><li>This could include a recommendation chart where students converse about books they have read and provide brief summaries to their classmates. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Encourage reading at home <ul><li>Many of our students rarely read English books at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Find ways for students to share literature with their families. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Incorporate writing in the classroom too <ul><li>Students need opportunities to express themselves freely, to share their ideas, and to communicate through writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Frequent Journal writing helps children develop writing skills and confidence. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Integrate reading throughout the curriculum <ul><li>Students should see that reading is an integral part of learning in all areas, throughout their lives. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Model the use of language <ul><li>Teachers are role models for their students, this applies in everything we do, including reading and writing. </li></ul><ul><li>Show the students that you value language through writing on the board. </li></ul><ul><li>You should also be reading during Silent Reading time. </li></ul>