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Integrating picture book thematic text sets: Engaging all readers in literacy development across the curriculum Grades 8-12 . Luz Carime Bersh, Ph. D. National Louis University Florida Regional Campus April, 2011.

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Integrating picture book thematic text sets: Engaging all readers in literacy development across the curriculum Grades 8-12

Luz Carime Bersh, Ph. D.

National Louis University

Florida Regional Campus

April, 2011

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Workshop description:This workshop gives teachers grades 8-12 practical information about the use of picture book thematic text sets to integrate across the curriculum
objectives
Objectives:

To explore contemporary picture books within thematic text sets on diverse topics of interest to youth.

To make connections on how this literature format can be integrated across the curriculum and support reading comprehension for readers at a variety of reading levels.

To appreciate how picture book thematic text sets can raise interest even in low-level readers and can offer a valuable literary experience as they learn about content areas.

To apply strategies to engage readers in follow up writing experiences as a way of improving overall literacy skills.

teaching with picture books and thematic text sets
Teaching with Picture Books and Thematic Text Sets

Picture Books

Thematic Text sets

  • Support language & literacy development: R,W, S,L,V.
  • Power of imagery in conveying meaning.
  • Images complement text.
  • In media-literacy era, adolescents are attracted to visuals & short text.
  • Awareness of different issues of interest that connect with their own experiences and those of others.
  • Support ELL’s with comprehension.
  • Broad span of complexity: Accessible to all readers.
  • Picture books are for everyone: Ages 0-100
  • Multiple options to read widely about one topic. Choice is important for adolescents.
  • Engage in reading content about different subjects: E.g. Science, Social Studies.
  • Support comprehension of complex issues (e.g. racism, mental illnesses)- diverse perspectives.
  • Exposure to different literary genres: Rich literary experiences.
  • Positive psychosocial benefits: awareness, respect, therapeutic, appreciation of self and others.
adolescents are interested in what happens in their world
Adolescents are interested in what happens in THEIR world
  • Secrets relationshipssexsexualityreproductionpregnancybullying uncertainties changesidentity
  • mental-illnessdepressionanorexia body-imagebodyacceptance validationuncertaintiespeerslovefeelings emotionsreligionsuicide deathgangsdrugsabuse alcohol eating-disorders racism
  • role-models extreme-weather natural-disasters experiences
appendices
Appendices:
  • Key terms and ideas about picture books.
  • Tips for reading aloud.
  • Criteria for evaluating picture books.
  • Criteria for evaluating non-fiction picture books.
  • Biographical study worksheet.
  • Graphic organizer for thematic text set.
  • Follow-up writing prompts
  • Workshop evaluation form
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