||Teaching Children's Literature Across the Early Childhood Curriculum
||International Children's Literature
||International literature may contain terms, customs, images, or other sociocultural aspects unfamiliar to some readers in the U.S., and therfore may require additional discussion for in-depth understanding. Early Childhood Education candidates will create Cultural X-Rays, as described by Kathy Short (http://wowlit.org/on-line-publications/stories/storiesi2/5/) to understand their own beliefs, values, and cultural identities. They will investigate ways media defines "average" or "normal." They will then apply this knowledge to a character in a chapter book that is an example of contemporary realistic fiction and discuss whether that character could be described as "average" or "normal." The culminating experience is for students to create a Cultural X-Ray for a character in a picture storybook that is an example of international literature, and to then discuss their understandings of that book. Finally, they will discuss ways to investigate the publishing history of all books that might suggest clues for cultural investigations.
|Global Learning Outcomes Addressed:
||Skill: Uses knowledge, diverse culture frames of reference, and alternative perspectives to think critically and solve problems
||Three phases are implemented throughout the semester. Each phase is the duration of one or two class periods.
||United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY): http://www.usbby.org/