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Project 1 Competency and Sub-Competencies
Project Competency: Can design informational materials that provide recommendations for parents to support students’ early literacy experiences at home.
- Students will become familiar with literature-based approaches to reading instruction and the role of multicultural children’s literature in the elementary curriculum.
- Students will improve their oral and written communication skills as a means of enhancing their personal and professional growth.
Develop a literature database of a minimum of 25 narrative and expository texts based on at least 4 things you learned about your class. Additionally, you will provide a description of the book, related CCSS standards, and at least two standards-based literacy extension activities. Finally, you will develop at least three video reviews for parents who are searching for books that their children might enjoy.
Student Learning Resources - Best Books for Children
The following resources are Open Educational Resources that are project specific and provide the necessary knowledge base to develop your project and demonstrate your skills. Cite all sources used in APA format.
New York Public Library: 100 Great Children’s Books – 100 Years
“Great stories never grow old! Chosen by children’s librarians at The New York Public Library, these 100 inspiring tales have thrilled generations of children and their parents — and are still flying off our shelves. Use this list and your library card to discover new worlds of wonder and adventure!”
Scholastic: Top 100 Books for Kids
100 books separated by age groups and categories. Click on a title to read an overview of the book.
Common Sense Media: 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12
“From picture books to graphic novels, fantasy to family fun, these must-read books have the power to hook both boys and girls. Some are cultural touchstones that belong in every kid's library. Others open kids' minds to cultures beyond their own. And some are modern releases that have the timeless quality of classics -- the kinds that get handed down to siblings and passed around classrooms. Whether you have a reluctant reader or budding bookworm, check out these surefire, kid-tested titles.”
Scholastic: How to Choose Outstanding Multicultural Books
“Get 50 great book recommendations, plus advice from top educators, writers, and illustrators on how to spot literature that transcends stereotypes.”
CCBC: 50 Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know
50 essential books by and about people of color and First/Native Nations individuals: African and African Americans, American Indians, Asian/Pacific and Asian Pacific Americans, and Latinos. Broken down by age groups with links to book overviews.
BoysRead.Org: Books for Boys – Reading List
“We love books that appeal to boys. Transforming boys into lifelong readers and lovers of books is our mission. Many girls love these books, too.”
GoodReads: 20 Children’s Books with Strong Female Characters
“Check out these 20 children's books featuring strong female characters.
You'll find some long-time favorite characters here … and meet some new girls whose interests and passions include science, politics, civil rights, space travel, ninjas, sharks, and reading.”
GoodNet: 20 Children’s Books that Redefine Gender Roles
“A collection that defies ‘normal,’ challenges stereotypes, and encourages individuality.”
Reading Rockets: Book Finder
“Use our Book Finder tool to create your own customized list of fiction and nonfiction books. Search through more than 5,000 books on Reading Rockets — by author, illustrator, age, reading level, genre, format, and topic.”
NTSA: Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
“Reading science trade books is the perfect way for students to build literacy skills while learning science content. The books that appear in these lists were selected as outstanding children's science trade books.” Includes links to complementary activities.
Student Learning Resources - Using Literature to Promote Reading Development
Reading Rockets: Building World Knowledge: Motivating Children to Read and Enjoy Informational Text http://www.readingrockets.org/article/building-world-knowledge-motivating-children-read-and-enjoy-informational-text
“Exposing young children to informational text early on can help them to handle the literacy demands of fourth grade and beyond. Practical instructional techniques can be used to promote understanding and enjoyment of informational texts. The three techniques described here — Text Impression, Guiding Questions, and the Retelling Pyramid — can help children become familiar with the language and structure of non-fiction books.”
Reading Rockets: Increasing ELL Student Reading Comprehension with Non-fiction Text
“Getting information from a non-fiction text can be especially challenging for ELLs, who may not have had much experience working independently with expository texts. This article offers ways that teachers can help ELLs work effectively with non-fiction texts and includes strategies for introducing components, structure, and purpose of expository texts.”
NEAYC: Reading Your Way to a Culturally Responsive Classroom
Using children's literature to welcome thoughtful conversations about race.
Reading Rockets: Learning to Read, Reading to Learn
Concrete strategies to help students build a strong foundation in reading. For this particular project, pay close attention to the last section, Help Children Develop Fluent, Reflective Reading. (Read the rest, too!)