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1 Norton, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, 7th Edition. ©2007 by Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Evaluating and Selecting Literature for Children Guiding Questions: How do teachers select literature for children? How does the author’s use of literary elements influence these selections? How do teachers select multicultural literature?

2 Norton, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, 7th Edition. ©2007 by Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Standards for Evaluating Books: Questions Teachers Ask How effective is the use of literary elements? (literary concerns) How effective are the illustrations and the illustrator’s techniques? (artistic concerns) How accurate and logical is the material? (pragmatic concerns) Will the book enrich a reader’s life? (philosophical concerns) Does the book appeal to me? (personal concerns)

3 Norton, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, 7th Edition. ©2007 by Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Literary Elements Plot Is this a good story? Could it really happen? Do I believe it? Setting Accurate for time and place? Do the characters fit this setting? Do I feel like I’m in another time and place? Characters Do they seem real? Do they grow? Do they have both strengths and weaknesses? Does the language sound natural? Theme Why did the author want to tell me this story? Style Point of view

4 Norton, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, 7th Edition. ©2007 by Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Why Teachers Use Multicultural Literature The goal is for children to… Understand and respect each child’s cultural group Gain respect for and tolerance of cultural differences Understand and respect universal human rights and freedoms Be prepared for responsible life in a free society Learn perspective taking and conflict management

5 Norton, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, 7th Edition. ©2007 by Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Standards for Evaluating Multicultural Literature Characters portrayed as individuals, not as representing a group Transcends stereotypes Portrays physical diversity Culture portrayed accurately Nonwhite characters shown as equal, capable of solving problems without whites Authentic dialect used for legitimate purposes An awareness of the changed status of female characters No offensive or degrading language

6 Norton, Through the Eyes of a Child: An Introduction to Children’s Literature, 7th Edition. ©2007 by Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. Other Factors to Consider When Selecting Children’s Literature Accessibility Readability Interest Reader response Award winning books


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