9780130498878

Language Arts Activities for Children

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    9780130498878

  • ISBN10:

    0130498874

  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-10-09
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

This practical, best-selling activity book is the most current guide on the market to developing language arts skills and literacyspeaking, reading, listening, writing, viewing, and visually representing. It integrates technology and emphasizes multiculturalism.With its focus on using literature, this supplemental activity book includes many opportunities to integrate the language arts across the curriculum. Because of the demand for literature-based instruction, most of the more than 150 activities include selections of children's literature that may be used to focus the lesson and to expand interest in and knowledge of children's literature.For elementary school English and Language Arts teachers.

Author Biography

Donna Norton. Following the completion of her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Donna E. Norton joined the College of Education faculty at Texas A&M University where she now holds the rank of professor. She teaches courses in children's literature, language arts, and reading. Dr. Norton is the recipient of the Texas A&M Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. This award is given "in recognition and appreciation of ability, personality, and methods which have resulted in distinguished achievements in the teaching and the inspiration of students." She is also the recipient of the Virginia Hamilton Essay Award, presented by the Virginia Hamilton Conference Advisory Board at Kent State University. This annual award recognizes an article that "makes a significant contribution to the professional literature concerning multicultural literature experiences for youth." She is listed in Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the World. Several of her articles and chapters from books have been translated into Chinese and are used in Chinese universities.

Dr. Norton is the author of four books in addition to this volume: The Effective Teaching of Language Arts, 6th edition, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature, 6th edition, Multicultural Children's Literature: Through the Eyes of Many Children, and The Impact of Literature-Based Reading. Her publications include 20 textbooks and over 100 journal articles. At the international level, she has been on the International Reading Association's Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Committee, President of the International Society of Educational Biography, on numerous editorial boards for professional journals, and presenter at international conferences including the Conference on Children's Literature at Providence University in Taiwan. The focus of her current research is on the authentication of biographical literature, historical fiction, and multicultural literature. She is also researching the literature and writing connection. Funded research has supported institutes in children's literature and the literacy connection as well as graduate courses that enables students to study children's literature and reading instruction in England and Scotland. She is currently the Grant Writing Chair for the Bush Museum Storytellers Guild. Her work with the Texas A& M University Evans Library and the Bush Library has resulted in several Storytelling Festivals that highlight the work of distinguished storytellers and provide training for university students in the art of storytelling.

Prior to her college teaching experience, Dr. Norton was an elementary teacher in River Falls, Wisconsin and in Madison, Wisconsin. She was a Language Arts/Reading Consultant for federally funded kindergarten through adult basic education programs. In this capacity she developed and provided in-service instruction, and evaluated kindergarten programs, summer reading and library programs, remedial reading programs, learning disability programs for middle school children, elementary and secondary literature programs for the gifted, and diagnostic and intervention programs for reading-disabled adults. Dr. Norton's continuing concern for literature results in frequent consultations with educators from various disciplines, librarians, and school administrators and teachers.

Saundra Norton completed her master's degree at Texas A&M University where she majored in American literature with an emphasis in children's literature and textual bibliography. Under the sponsorship of a Jordon Fellowship she studied German language, culture, and folklore at the Goethe Institute in Germany. Her current academic concentration is in 19th century American literature and biographical studies. She is a frequent participant at both national and international conferences. Her paper presented at the 15th International Ezra Pound Conference in Italy was presented the Bates Award for the best essay written by a graduate student while in the doctoral program at the University of South Carolina. Saundra has won numerous competitions for her writing including being selected for the Prague Summer Seminars, the Paris Writer's Workshop, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont, and Sewanee Writer's Conference at the University of the South. Her poetry has been published in several scholarly journals and she has given poetry readings in Prague, Key West, Paris, and at Wesleyan College. She is listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Saundra is the co-author of Language Arts Activities for Children, 5th edition, and a contributing author of Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children's Literature.

Table of Contents

Creative Language Arts
1(10)
Considerations in Organizing Language Arts Instruction
3(2)
Areas of the Language Arts Developed in This Text
5(1)
How Are the Activities Presented?
6(3)
Using the Activities
9(2)
Oral Language and Cognitive Development Activities
11(60)
Sammy Circle's Colors
13(3)
Developing Vocabulary Skills Through Webbing---Part I
16(2)
Developing Vocabulary Skills Through Webbing---Part II
18(2)
Developing Cognitive Skills Through Careful Observation of Illustrations
20(1)
Stimulating Oral Language Development Through Poetry Performances
21(2)
Storytelling
23(2)
Storytelling from Lost-and-Found Advertisements
25(2)
Category Detectives
27(2)
Campbell's 59ers
29(2)
Solving Problems Through Role-Playing
31(3)
Interviewing
34(5)
In the Round
39(1)
Pat-Si-Oo-Ree-Oo-Ree-Ay
40(2)
Low Bridge, Everybody Down
42(2)
Yankee Doodle
44(2)
The Old Chisholm Trail
46(2)
Looking at American History in Folk Songs
48(2)
A Walk Through Imagination
50(4)
A Softball Game Without a Ball
54(3)
Identifying and Evaluating the Level of Formality in Page Design
57(2)
Oral Debate: Who Is the Leading Conservationist?
59(2)
Oral Debate: The Truth and Nothing but the Truth
61(2)
Putting On Our Own TV Show---Part I
63(2)
Putting On Our Own TV Show---Part II
65(6)
Listening Activities
71(50)
Listening for Different Purposes---Why and How
74(4)
Listening Times
78(3)
Listening for Directions
81(3)
The Class Crier
84(2)
The Mystery of the Kidnapped Chemist
86(2)
Listening for Sequences
88(2)
Listening for Details
90(1)
Listening to Predict Outcomes---Part I
91(1)
Listening to Predict Outcomes---Part II
92(2)
Listening for Supportive Evidence in Literature
94(2)
Listening to Identify Point of View
96(2)
Listening for Mood
98(2)
Developing Listening Comprehension Through ELVES
100(2)
Poor Richard
102(2)
Playing Detective with Fairy-Tale Heroes
104(3)
Playing Detective with Famous Americans
107(4)
Radio's Days of Old
111(3)
Fools and Foolishness in Folktales
114(2)
Listening for Enjoyment
116(1)
Reading to Children
117(4)
Writing Activities
121(68)
Myself and My Family
124(2)
My Lovable Dirty Old Bear
126(3)
Imagine You Are a . . .
129(1)
My First Hundred Years
130(2)
Wow! I Just Won One Hundred Dollars
132(2)
Creating a Mystery in Your Classroom
134(2)
Creating a History of Your Town
136(2)
Shoes Take Us . . .
138(2)
Developing Imagery with Similes
140(3)
Illustrations Increase Understanding of Similes
143(1)
Observing and Writing Descriptions of Objects
144(2)
Observing and Writing Descriptions of Settings
146(1)
Imaginative Writing Motivated by Book Characters
147(2)
Writing Biographical Sketches about Poets
149(2)
Using Biographical Sketches of Poets to Model Poetry Writing---Jack Prelutsky
151(2)
Knowing My Audiences and My Purpose
153(2)
Writing Letters
155(3)
Writing Invitations
158(2)
Writing a News Story
160(2)
Evaluating and Comparing Sources
162(2)
The Controlling Idea in a Paragraph
164(2)
Organization Using Chronological Order
166(1)
Organization Using Questions and Answers
167(2)
Organization Using Spatial Concepts or Physical Details
169(2)
Organization Using a Problem, Cause, and Solution Format
171(2)
Sequence for Writing about Literature
173(3)
Composition: Positive Versus Negative Values of Living Forever
176(1)
Composition: Are Like and Equal the Same Thing?
177(2)
Composition: Which Character Gained the Greatest Understanding?
179(2)
Composition: What Is Courage?
181(2)
Writing an Autobiography
183(6)
Activities for the Mechanics of Language
189(38)
The Comedie of Errors
191(2)
The Beginning of the English Language
193(3)
The English Language in the United States
196(3)
Identifying Common Grammar Errors
199(1)
Building Sentence Patterns
200(1)
Sentence Expansion
201(1)
Sentence Combining with Easy-to-Read Books
202(2)
Play Sentence Detective
204(1)
Past, Present, Future
205(1)
Discovering Stylistic Options Used by Outstanding Authors, Part I
206(2)
Discovering Stylistic Options Used by Outstanding Authors, Part II
208(2)
Tic-Tac-Toe
210(1)
Ride the Amtrak Line
211(2)
Relating Meaning and Spelling
213(1)
Vocabulary Expansion Through Semantic Mapping
214(3)
Cohesive Devices: Personal Pronouns
217(3)
Personal Learning Centers for Writing
220(7)
Activities for Literature
227(70)
Investigating Children's Interests
229(2)
The Fantasy of Mother Goose
231(4)
Person-Versus-Person Plot Structure
235(3)
Person-Versus-Self Plot Structure
238(3)
Responding to Characters and Conflicts in Literature---Part I
241(1)
Responding to Characters and Conflicts in Literature---Part II
242(1)
Responding to Characters and Conflicts in Literature---Part III
243(3)
Responding to Characters and Conflicts in Literature---Part IV
246(2)
Developing Understanding of Characterization
248(2)
Characterization and Plot Development in the Writings of Beverly Cleary
250(3)
Creative Settings for Imaginative Worlds
253(2)
Author's Style: Appreciating and Identifying Humor---Part I
255(2)
Author's Style: Appreciating and Identifying Humor---Part II
257(2)
Developing Understanding of Symbolism
259(2)
Developing Appreciation for and Understanding of Poetic Elements
261(2)
Developing Understanding of Theme
263(2)
Webbing Literary Elements
265(3)
Evaluating the Qualities of the Most Significant Books That Shaped the Twentieth Century
268(2)
Activities Around Call It Courage
270(5)
Maurice Sendak and His Literature---An Interest Center
275(4)
Carol Ryrie Brink's Caddie Woodlawn---An Interest Center for Historical Fiction
279(4)
The Salem Witch Hunts---A Historical Fiction Unit
283(5)
Survival in Mountains, on Tundra, and in Canadian Wilderness---A Unit Related to Geography
288(9)
Media Activities
297(36)
Investigating Viewing Interests and Habits
299(2)
Survey of Time Spent Watching Television and Programs Watched
301(2)
Using a Guide for Selective Viewing
303(2)
Using Television to Motivate Reading
305(2)
The Power of Persuasion---Unit of Study
307(8)
Identifying Persuasive Techniques
315(2)
Comparing Responses to Harry Potter Movies and to the Books on Which They Are Based
317(1)
Comparing Responses to the Movie Lord of the Rings and to J.R.R. Tolkien's Text
318(1)
The Parts of a Newspaper
319(3)
Relating Parts of a Newspaper to a Book or Story
322(2)
Headlines Show the Main Idea
324(1)
Advertisers Try to Appeal to a Specific Population
325(2)
Critical Reading---Fact Versus Fiction
327(3)
Critical Reading---Fact Versus Opinion
330(3)
Multicultural Activities
333(56)
Evaluating the Quality of Source Notes in Multicultural Literature
335(2)
Developing Evaluative Criteria to Identify the Quality of Artists' Notes in Multicultural Literature
337(2)
Traditional Values---African Folklore
339(2)
Storytelling---African Folklore
341(2)
Tales from the Story Hat
343(2)
Poetry Expresses Feelings
345(3)
Traditional Values---Native American Folklore
348(2)
Storytelling---Native American Folklore
350(2)
My Brother the Hawk---The Writer's Point of View
352(2)
Finding Native American Symbols in the Illustrations of Paul Goble
354(2)
Integrating Literature and Geography
356(3)
Traditional Values---Latino Folklore
359(2)
Folk Heroes Across Cultures---Comparing a Traditional Hispanic Folktale with American Tall Tales
361(2)
Traditional Values---Asian Folklore
363(2)
Red Riding Hood Across Cultures---Comparing a Chinese and a German Version
365(3)
Cross-Cultural Music Appreciation and Analysis
368(2)
Discovering One's Own Heritage Brings Pride to Individuals from All Backgrounds
370(2)
Responding to and Debating about Stereotypes
372(2)
Traditional Values---Jewish Literature
374(3)
Traditional Values---Folklore from the Middle East
377(3)
People from All Backgrounds Have Dreams That Influence Their Lives
380(9)
Technology and the Language Arts
389(38)
Technology and Society: A History of Information Exchange
391(2)
Introducing Computer Technology Through Literature: Susan Cooper's The Boggart
393(2)
Safety on the Internet
395(2)
How to Participate in a Collaborative Project over the Internet: Becoming Part of the Global Classroom
397(2)
Cultural Exchange: Key Pals
399(2)
Bringing Field Specialists into the Classroom Through Electronic Mentoring: A Study of King Arthur
401(2)
Sequential Writing
403(2)
A Virtual Field Trip to the White House
405(3)
Searching for the Filming Locations of the Harry Potter Movies on Web Sites
408(2)
The Library of Congress On-Line: Using and Evaluating Primary Sources
410(3)
Debate: Print-Based Culture Versus Virtual Images Culture
413(1)
A Virtual Expedition to the Arctic
414(3)
Evaluating Web Sites
417(2)
Electronic Publishing: Creative Writing on the Web
419(3)
Writing and Publishing Book Reviews on the Web
422(5)
Index 427

Excerpts

Bringing effective language arts instruction into the classroom is an exciting experience for both children and teachers. Stimulating activities add sparkle to the environment and enrich children's learning experiences. However, we are living in a time when educators are facing criticism about the effectiveness of instruction, the development of language arts competencies in the classroom, and the ability of schools to meet the needs of a diverse school population. Unfortunately, adding stimulation and enrichment to the environment and effectively meeting competency needs in language arts may be considered opposing goals. This activities book illustrates how teachers can use effective teaching methods and strategies to build children's language arts skills as well as create a stimulating, enriched environment.The activities in this book include many opportunities for the integration of the language arts across the curriculum. Because of the growing demand for literacy instruction, most of the activities include selections of children's literature that may be used to focus the lesson and to expand interest in and knowledge of children's literature. These activities also emphasize the importance of oral and written language in the development of language arts capabilities.This is a very practical book--all activities are developed in a lesson plan format. All of the activities have been tested in school environments, with inservice teachers, and in teacher education classrooms. We found that effective teaching requires a model for lesson plan development, clearly stipulated objectives, and step-by-step development of the lesson. We also discovered that peer teaching, student teaching, and in-service classroom teaching improved when the methods stressed in language arts classes were demonstrated through lesson plan development. The lesson plans in the multicultural section were developed, implemented, and evaluated as part of a multicultural research project designed to improve students' language arts abilities. The lesson plans in the literature and composition sections were developed, implemented, and evaluated as part of literature and writing research projects. The plans can be implemented directly by the teacher, modified for individual needs, or used as a model for additional activities. The activities in the technology section were developed to explore ways that language arts teachers may effectively use computers and the Internet to assist instruction.

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