Literature-Based Reading Activities Engaging Students with Literary and Informational Text

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-05-07
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Literature-Based Reading Activities: Engaging Students with Literary and Informational Text is the ideal resource for pre-service and in-service teachers looking for practical help and exciting classroom activities for ensuring all students have successful interactions with literature. Brief and inexpensive, it is widely appreciated for its numerous activities, unique discussions of the theoretical and research bases supporting all of the activities, and the variety of grade levels and genres covered. The activities are useful with a wide range of texts, and the guidelines show readers how to be effective decision makers as they plan literature instruction for the culturally, linguistically, and academically diverse K–8 students in today’s classrooms.


This new edition includes:

  • Updated information about sharing literature in the context of today’s classrooms.
  • New activities for supporting students’ interactions with literature.
  • Numerous new examples of children’s literature, many of them recent award winners.
  • Updated discussions of research on recent studies and major reports.
  • A new feature, Take Five! (or Take Ten!).
  • Ideas and suggestions for using literature in the content areas.
  • 11 new activities for expanding teachers’ repertoires for engaging students with literature,
  • Increased attention to using technology to support students’ interactions with and responses to literature,
  • More than 80 new examples of exceptional literature,
  • A list of websites of recommended literature, including positive, authentic examples of literature for diverse populations.

Author Biography

Hallie Kay Yopp is a Professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton where she was named Outstanding Professor of the Year. She teaches courses in literacy in the credential and graduate programs. Her professional activities include engaging in research, writing, serving on editorial boards for professional journals, and working with the community. Hallie was a public school teacher for ten years, primarily in bilingual settings. An inductee into the California Reading Hall of Fame, she was also honored with the California State University Systemwide Wang Family Excellence Award. Hallie currently is Co-Director of the California State University 23 campus system's Center for the Advancement of Reading.


Ruth Helen Yopp is a Professor in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education at California State University, Fullerton. She teaches literacy theory and pedagogy to pre-service and graduate students, writes on topics of literacy and classroom teaching, directs several teacher development projects, and works closely with teachers in local schools. Ruth is actively involved in university, state, and regional committees and serves on the editorial boards of several literacy journals. Ruth taught in the public schools for ten years prior to joining the university faculty and was the recipient of district and county awards for her teaching. She is an inductee into the California Reading Hall of Fame.

Table of Contents

1.   Using Literature in the Classroom

Theoretical Perspectives           

New Contexts for Sharing Literature       

Teacher Responsibilities

Rationale for Selection of Activities for This Book                     


2.   Prereading Activities

Anticipation Guides      


Book Boxes     

Book Bits        

Cover Clues

Character Quotes         

Contrast Charts

K-W-L Charts    

Semantic Maps


Concrete Experiences   

Picture Packets

Picture Carousels         





3.         During-Reading Activities

Literature Circles           

Strategy Cards 

Literature Maps

Contrast Charts

Investigator's Notebook

Graphic Organizers

Character Perspective Charts

Character Webs            

Character Carousels                             

Circle of Viewpoints

Feelings Charts


Character Blogs                       

Ten Important Words    

Pack the Suitcase



4.   Postreading Activities

Polar Opposites           

Literary Report Cards    

Powerful Passages      

Sketch to Stretch         

3-D Responses            

Dramatic Responses    

Magazine Cover

Multimedia Responses

Book Trailers

Pod Previews

Venn Diagrams

Book Charts     

Internet Investigations   



5.   Writing and Bookmaking Activities

A Process Approach to Writing 

Poetic Responses        

Literary Borrowing

Genre Translations        

Multigenre Responses  

Pop-Up Books 

Accordion Books         

Fold-Up Books

Mini Fold-Up Books

Slit Books

Retelling Picture Books

Graduated-Pages Books          

Baggie Books  

Digital Books



Appendix: Internet Resources



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