Creative Strategies with Literature: Developing Literacy in the Classroom

Common Ground
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Journal Article
International Journal of Learning, 2010, 17 (7), pp. 391 - 398
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This presentation describes strategies for using literature to facilitate literacy in the primary school classroom. Critical research information is given on links with reading and the development of childrens writing. Teachers can put theory into practice by activities that engage the imagination and stimulate the acquisition of reading and writing skills. While phonological awareness is important in learning how to read, the context of a literary text (particularly of picture books) can assist language understanding (Bredekamp & Copple, 1997; (Galda & Cullinan, 2005). The words and picture of literary texts provide a catalyst for generating ideas, which deepen understanding and interest in language learning (Cole & Maddox, 1997). The activities described are based on popular award- winning childrens literature (e.g. Li Cunxins The Peasant Prince amongst others) and are suitable for the 5 12 year old age range.
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