Magical Encounter Latino Children's Literature in the Classroom

ISBN-10: 0205355447

ISBN-13: 9780205355440

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Alma Flor Ada

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@SUMMARY= With this book, readers can feel comfortable bringing literature to the classroom as a vehicle for language and concept development, for creative expression and development of higher thinking skills, while promoting the joy of reading. A Magical Encounter: Latino Children's Literature in the Classroomis divided in four major parts: Part One outlines theoretical principles which ground the practices suggested, offering some reflections on the role of literature for children and adolescents in the language arts curriculum. It presents the basic tenets of "Transformative Education" as they relate to books for children and adolescents, and describes the "Creative Reading" methodology and its applications. The "One Thousand Book Classroom" is outlined, as well as what a "Transformative Language Arts Classroom" would look like. Part Two overviews the evolution of Latino literature for children and adolescents in the United States. It includes an extensive bibliography of books published by Latino and Latina Authors. Part Three describes the role of the various literary genres in the classroom. Part Four offers suggestions for the application of the theory. The activities suggested are accompanied by examples using specific books.
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List price: $51.60
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Alma Flor Ada was born in 1938 in Cuba. She has authored several children's folktales including "Encaje de Piedra" which earned her the Marta Salotti Gold Medal, "The Gold Coin" which won the Christopher Award, and "Gathering the Sun" which received the Once Upon a World Award. "The Lizard and the Sun/La Lagartija y el Sol" won her a Gold Medal from the National Association of Parenting Publications, and she was awarded an Accolade from the American Folklore Association for "Mediopollito/Half-Chicken". Her title "Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba" won the Pura Belpre Award. In addition to writing, she is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

List of Figures
A Magical Encounter: Children and Books
Language Arts and Children's Literature
Transformative Education and Children's Literature
The Creative Reading Process
The One Thousand Book Classroom
The Transformative Language Arts Classroom
Words of Jade and Coral: Latino Literature for Children and Adolescents
Latinos and Latinas
A Latino Literature for Children and Adolescents
Non-Latino Authors Wrtting About Latinos
A Panoramic Historical View
La Edad de Oro
After La Edad de Oro
Emerging Recognition of Latino Children's Literature
Literature in Spanish for Children and Adolescents in the United States: The 1970s and 1980s
The "Little" Boom of the 1990s
Genres and Themes
Preserving and Continuing Traditions
Telling Our Stories: Autobiographical Writing
Telling Original Stories of People Like Us
Acknowledging Social Issues Concerning Latinos
Heritage Language and Bilingualism
Poverty and In-Group Struggles
Valuing Love of Family: The Important Role of Grandparents
Celebrating and Transmitting the Richness of the Culture
Giving Free Rein to Fantasy
Latino Folksingers
Latino Illustrators
Once upon a World: The Diversity of Literature
Oral Traditional Folklore
Proverbs and Sayings
Tongue Twisters
Poetry and Songs
Reading Poetry
Sharing Songs
Plays and Dramatic Games
Benefits for the Students
Improved Memory
Enunciation, Articulation, and Voice Projection
Increased Self-Confidence
Development of Multiple Creative Expressions
Development of Better Understanding of Self and Others
Development of a Spirit of Collaboration and Solidarity
Development of a Creative and Innovative Spirit
Better Understanding and Retention of Curricular Materials
Benefits for the Teachers
Benefits for Home-School Interaction
Narrative and Other Forms of Prose
Using the Magic: Literature in the Classroom
Preparing to Share a Book
Sharing Experiences
Recalling Previous Knowledge
Relating the Book to Previously Read Books or to the Author
Using Props
Making Predictions Based on the Title
Examining Illustrations or Text Selections
Drawing on Poetry, Song, and Foklore
Songs, Poems, and Riddles
Story Beginnings and Endings
Reading the Book
Oral Reading
Oral Reading or Tape-Recording by the Teacher
Oral Reading or Tape-Recording by Another Adult
Oral Reading or Tape-Recording by One or More Students
Choral Reading
Dramatic Reading or Readers' Theater
Paired Reading
Silent Reading
The Creative Dialogue
Descriptive Phase
Personal Interpretive Phase
Critical/Multicultural/Antibias Phase
Creative/Transformative Phase
Promoting Language Development
Relating a Story to a Saying
Retelling a Story from Another Point of View
Retelling a Story in Another Setting or Time
Retelling Using a Different Literary Genre
Writing about the Same Topic or Character Using a Different Literary Genre
Building a Word Treasury
Using Charts and Diagrams
Semantic Maps and Tables
Narrative Story Guides
Narrative Cubes
Promoting Discovery and Research
Discoveries within the Book
The Setting
The Author's Point of View
Literary Devices
Discoveries beyond the Book
Promoting Creative Written Expression
New Stories Based on Another Book Structure
New Stories with Well-Known Characters
Companion Stories for Picture Books without Text
Sequels and Prequels
Stories Told from a Different Viewpoint
Real-Life Stories
Stories about Real People
Creating Books
Big Books
Theme-Related Formats
Flap Books
Accordion Books
Spin-and-Look Books
Movable Books
Pop-Up Books
Promoting Creative Visual Expression
Analysis of Illustrations
Puppet Making
Promoting Dramatic Expression
Story Dramatization
Puppet Shows
Home-School Interaction
Family-School Interaction
Family Literature Programs
General Sessions
Small Groups
Parent-Child Interaction through Homework
The Family History Revisited
A Closer Look at Family, Friends, and Community
Reading Together at Home
Sharing and Connecting with Books Read in Class
Authoring Books Together
A Recipe Book
A Book of Family Experiences
Culminating Activities
Plays and Puppet Shows
Scenery and Stage Properties
Costumes and Makeup
A Poster Gallery
Sharing Books
A Classroom Library
Classroom Publishing
Literary Circles
An Author's Visit or Author's Study
Selecting the Author
Preparing for the Visit or Study
Turning the Focus on the Children
Facilitating Interaction
Becoming Authors
Making the Visit or Study a Whole-School Event
End-of-Project Reflections
Reader's Journals
A Class Reading Log
Reading and "Real Life"
Hispanic Proverbs and Sayings
Story Beginnings and Endings
Literature for Children and Adolescents by Latina and Latino Writers
References and Suggested Readings
Name and Title Index
Subject Index
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