Relating Literature to Curriculum

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The more our students read and the more our students are read to, the better readers they will become. You should spend time reading to your students every day. But how can we make time for all this reading when there are so many other curricular demands on our time? Literature can be related to all other areas of the curriculum. To establish these relationships you must read a lot yourself, and you must be knowledgeable of the Elements of Literature. It is these elements that provide the vital link to all other curricula.

The elements of literature are PLOT, SETTING, THEME, CHARACTERIZATION, STYLE, POINT OF VIEW AND TONE.

Find a story with at least one element that related to s current topic of study in a particular curriculum. You can now justify the reading of that story as it will add value to your curriculum and help you to attain the essential learnings. Literature can help you make connections between real life and the textbook as well as lead to many fascinating extension activities.

For example:

v     Share a story when the setting matches a location (area or region) being studies in Social Studies, Geography, or other subject.

v     Share a story when the theme related to a topic of discussion in any other curricular area.

v     Share a story when itŐs plot relates to activities being discussed in other curricular areas.

v     Share a story when itŐs plot provides enough depth, detail, and action to be used as a source for other activities (math story problems, sequencing practice in language arts, etc.

v     Share a story when it has a character exhibiting similar traits to people being studied in other curricular areas.

v     Share a story when the style of itŐs language provides an example for original student writings.

v     Share a story when itŐs point-of-view or tone is an example of similar or opposite points-of-view being expressed in other curricular topics.

The possibilities are endless

Try once and youŐll see!