Textbooks - English Language Arts
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Texts, ranging from fairy tales to young adult
novels, have been criticized because they seem to
constrain the roles available to boys and girls.
Like the fairy tales, popular book series are
often written in such a way as to construct models
of adulthood that reinforce stereotypes. Texts
should represent the lives lived by children.
Those who work in children’s literature often
describe the role of texts as serving as “mirrors
and windows.” Children’s literature should serve
as “mirrors” for children to see themselves and as
“windows’ to view others with a deepening respect
for the multiple ways that children are growing
and learning in America and across the globe. It
is as important for all children to seem
themselves in literature as it is for them to see
children unlike themselves. For all children and
young adults, it is important to learn to
understand and respect children who are growing up
now and long ago. When selecting children’s and YA
books, ensure that your students will seem
themselves in the text selections, portrayed in
respectful and realistic ways. There are several
web sites that will provide you with criteria for
evaluating multicultural materials. The
Information Center for Children and Youth with
Disabilities provides a bibliography and
criteria to help you identify books that are
written about or include characters who have a
||Writer's choice. [Grade 11]:
composition and grammar / consulting author
for composition, William Strong; grammar
specialist, Mark Lester; visual-verbal
learning specialists, Ligature, Inc.
||Literature and the language
arts. Willow level Understanding literature.
||All write : a student handbook
for writing & learning / written and compiled
by Dave Kemper, Patrick Sebranek, and Verne
Meyer ; illustrated by Chris Krenzke and Mary
||Word family file-folder word
walls : 30 reproducible patterns for portable
word walls to teach the top word families and
help kids become better readers, writers, and
spellers / by Mary Beth Spann.
||Celebrate. Teacher's book /
senior authors, J. David Cooper, John J.
Pikulski ; authors, Kathryn H. Au ... [et