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Glenna Sloan



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[Guide for Poetry Unit | A Literacy Library | Raising a Reader
NCTE PRESENTATION 2008 | Quick and easy ways to have fun with words]


Guide for Poetry Unit

A GUIDE FOR IMPLEMENTING A CLASSROOM POETRY UNIT
Objectives of the Unit:
To interest children in language; To help them appreciate the possibilities of language, including its playfulness; To use poetry as reading material; To use poetry that is read and heard as motivation and model for creating original verse; To dispel the mystique about poetry: it is simply language at its best, to be enjoyed by all; To learn something about the variety of poetic form...

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A Literacy Library

Selected Titles Chosen by Professor Glenna Sloan
Ashton-Warner, Sylvia. Teacher. Bantam, 1964.
A classic by a gifted teacher who inspires with her creative methods for developing literacy.
Chukofsky, Kornei. From Two to Five. U. of California Press, 1968.
The Russian poet shares, among other insights, how poetry aids early language development.
Fox, Mem. Reading Magic. Harcourt, 2001
Australian author of beloved children's books gives practical advice on literacy development.

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Raising a Reader

Read aloud from a child's earliest days and sing

STEP 1

Read aloud from a child's earliest days and sing

rhythmic tunes and nursery rhymes as you bounce the child on your knee. Before age 1, find a book of nursery rhymes with large, colorful illustrations and look at the pages as you read aloud or sing... (Click here to read more)

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NCTE PRESENTATION 2008

The following speech was given at the annual conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, San Antonio , November 2008

LITERACY THOUGH POETRY, VERSE AND WORDPLAY

by Glenna Sloan

Have you seen Kathleen Kudlinski's books: Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs and Boy, Were we Wrong About the Solar System? (Penguin Young Readers Group, 2005, 2008). My plan is to borrow her idea and write a book titled Boy, Are We Wrong About Reading Material for Emerging Readers. Of course, I believe that we have been and still are wrong about what makes the best reading material for readers at any stage of their literacy development, just as I'm convinced we've been wrong about most methodology related to literacy instruction. For one thing, educators long ago mistakenly surrendered this instruction to psychology, but over decades of research, psychologists have not reached agreement on a clear description of learning theory. And look what psychological methods of evaluation have led to, the deadly standardized test, among other dubious educational practices. It's clear: it's time for change. We need to rethink or reframe our thinking about facilitating literacy development. After billions of words written about how to teach Reading, and the other side of the coin, Writing, too many children and young adults are diagnosed with reading problems: they are either illiterate , unable to read beyond the most rudimentary level such as their own name and street signs or they are aliterate, able to read but so disinterested or disheartened that they refuse to make the effort. Where did we go wrong? ... (Click here to read more)

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Quick and easy ways to have fun with words

Create Gift Poems for friends and family members (and in the process demonstrate the simile) Examples:ˇ§My aunt is like a diary because she can keep a secret.ˇ¨ ˇ§My husband is like a song; he lifts my spirits.ˇ¨ (This idea from poet Janet Wong. Get to know her!)
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