Literature-Based Reading Activities

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This text provides classroom teachers and education students with successful, class-tested activities that are valuable for developing and implementing a literature-based reading program.Literature-Based Reading Activities is distinguished by discussion of the theoretical and research bases supporting all activities. Numerous activities and examples of their application to a variety of genres are provided. One of the text's strengths is that activities are generic in nature so that they may be applied and adapted to a variety of books. It also provides guidelines so that teachers and students learn how to be effective decision-makers in planning literature instruction for their K-8 students.

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with “Conclusion” and “References.”


1. Using Literature in the Classroom.
Teacher Responsibilities.
Rationale for Selection of Activities for This Book.

2. Prereading Activities.
Anticipation Guides.
Book Boxes.
Book Bits.
Contrast Charts.
Semantic Maps.
KWL Charts.
Preview-Predict-Confirm Charts.

3. During-Reading Activities.
Literature Circles.
Literature Maps.
Character Maps.
Character Webs.
Character Perspective Charts.
Feelings Charts.
Contrast Charts.

4. Postreading Activities.
Polar Opposites.
Quotation Share.
Literary Report Cards.
Plot Organizers.
World Wheels.
Venn Diagrams.
Book Charts.

5. Bookmaking.
Pop-Up Books.
Accordion Books.
Fold-Up Books.
Upside-Down Books.
Retelling Picture Books.


Appendix A: Resources for Teachers

Appendix B: Award-Winning Literature


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