A Synopsis of Diversity in Children's Literature
The purpose of this presentation is to provide participants with creative ideas to incorporate into literacy curriculum planning. Discussion will include the value of communication skills as well as the introduction of methods to stimulate motivation in primary-level reading. Some of these skills will include predicting, problem solving, negotiating, creative writing, and conflict resolution. Discussion will also include theoretical practices to encourage literacy development and innovative techniques for designing props and supportive materials to accommodate and enrich literature for young children. Strategies in constructing developmentally appropriate practices will be reflected in the books and materials. The presentation will include a demonstration of how props and materials can support and enrich young children's literature, maintain interest in primary reading preparation, encourage tolerance in diversity, and enhance integrated curriculum pre paration. Examples of supportive materials and props for classroom use with selected children's books will be presented. These materials will provide for the enrichment and extension of children's literature for creating expression, stimulation of self-esteem, acceptance of individual differences, and advancement of skills that can be incorporated into thematic units. Active participation by attendees will be an integral portion of the presentation. Handouts will be included.
Keywords: Children's Literature, Early Childhood Education
Dr. Ginny Esch
Associate Professor, Educational Studies, The University of Tennessee at Martin