What do teachers need to know about children's literature? This book is based on the belief that deep subject knowledge of language and literature provides a foundation for effective teaching and learning. It provides a comprehensive guide to the range of genres and characteristic features of English language fiction written for children. Exploring Children's Literature will help readers to:
Develop their understanding of literature within social, cultural and political reading practices
Extend their knowledge of language features and conventions of different genres
Develop skills in analytical and critical reading
The case study material, investigative activities and practical exercises promote an active approach to learning.
Knowledge about language is embedded in the context of reading and responding to literature and the authors use extensive exemplification to explain concepts and terminology.
The authors focus on the range of fiction texts incorporated in the National Curriculum for England and the National Literacy Strategy, but also provides examples from world literature written in English, including American and Australian fiction. Examples from work in translation are also included.
Exploring Children's Literature provides a good foundation for the knowledge and understanding of English required in ITT. It is designed to be used addresses the requirements of the primary core curriculum for ITT English. It is designed to be used:
To support distance- learning
As an aid to self-study
As a course text.
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