Teaching Reading with Literature: Case Studies to Action Plans, 1/e
Gail E. Tompkins, California State University
Lea M. McGee, Texas A&M University
Published December, 1992 by Prentice Hall Career & Technology
Copyright 1993, 492 pp.
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Complete with step-by-step "action plans", this book provides the theories,
techniques, and tools pre-service and in-service teachers need to implement an
effective literature-based reading program.
Coverage emphasizes the need for teachers to be confident decision-
makers in order to effectively use this type of reading program. Individual
concept chapters examine three theoretical perspectives teachers can apply in
choosing core literature selections and teaching reading workshops: 1 ) The
reader response "reading literature" perspective, 2) the critical "teaching
literature" perspective, and 3) the interactive "teaching reading"
perspective. Each perspective is thoroughly explained, and accompanied by a
case study that illustrates the perspective in actual classroom use.
Following the theoretical coverage, eight complete core unit and
reading workshop "action plans" are described in detail, to show how real
teachers use the three teaching perspectives in grades K-8. For each action
plan, the text describes the teacher and the classroom, the daily schedule,
the literature being used, activities in which the children participate, how
learners' work is assessed, and a week-long lesson plan.
I. LITERATURE-BASED READING INSTRUCTION.
1. Using Literature in the Reading Program.
2. Choosing Literature for Children.
3. Learning About Authors and Illustrators.
4. Perspectives on Literature-Based Reading Instruction.
5. Teaching from the Reader Response Perspective.
6. Teaching from a Critical Perspective.
7. Teaching from an Interactive Perspective.
8. Putting It All Together.
9. Assessing Students' Learning.
II. ACTION PLANS.
Kindergarten Action Plan: Reading and Comparing "Gingerbread Boy"
Grade 1 Action Plan: Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday.
Grade 2 Action Plan: Reading and Writing about Dinosaurs.
Grade 3 Action Plan: Mrs. Morehouse's Class Learns "We Are All
Grade 4 Action Plan: Focus Unit on The Sign of the Beaver.
Grade 5 Action Plan: Tuesday is Poetry Workshop Day.
Grade 6 Action Plan: "Readers at Work" in Mr. Diaz's Classroom.
Grades 7 and 8 Action Plans: Participating in Literature Discussion