For this essay, imagine you are a teacher deciding on books to include in your curriculum (you can decide which grade you teach). Each teacher in your school must write a rationale for why ONE of the following should remain on the reading list: My Name Is Maria Isabel, Yang The Youngest and His Terrible Ear, Charlotte’s Web, Because of Winn Dixie, Rules, The Watsons Go To Birmingham, Bronx Masquerade. Your goal is to write a rationale for your chosen book (one of the books just listed) using support from at least two of the articles provided below.
Here are links to the articles:
Article #1: “The value of multiculturalism in a global village: In the context of teaching children’s literature.” télécharger This article focuses on the value of integrating multicultural literature into the classroom. For purposes of this article, consider “multicultural” broadly (for example, non-traditional family groupings, as well as diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, social class/socioeconomic status, exceptionality/ability.
Article #2: “Making a place for bibliotherapy on the shelves of a curriculum materials center: The case for helpin pre-service teachers use developmental bibliotherapy in the classroom.” téléchargerThis article focuses on the benefits of “bibliotherapy,” which means, in short, using books to help students overcome challenges (either the “expected” challenges that come with growing up or the “unexpected” challenges that children might experience along the way).
Article #3: “‘Character’ Building: Using Literature to Connect with Youth.” télécharger This article also focuses on bibliotherapy, but looks closely at four specific dimensions that they contend are important to healthy development: Belonging, Generosity, Independence, and Mastery. The article includes writings from graduate students who read and responded to several adolescent literature books and applied the aforementioned dimensions.
Article #4: “Authentication Projects For Historical Fiction.” télécharger This article explores the benefits and the cautions to consider when assigning historical fiction in the classroom.
Your essay must include the following:
An introductory paragraph that engages the reader, introduces the book you will discuss, and includes a thesis. Your thesis should serve as the blueprint for the points you will make in the essay. Name those points. Your thesis should clearly state, in brief, the benefits that you see in keeping this book in the curriculum. This benefit should be “grounded” in the articles that you read, as the remainder of the paper will then illustrate. Here is an example of a thesis: “Where the Wild Things Are should remain in our curriculum because this book teaches readers how to deal with negative emotions, such as anger; how to balance parental authority with autonomy; and how to achieve a sense of belonging. The book does these three things through the character Max, who learns to balance his frustration at and appreciation for his mother as he moves from home to the “wild-thing world” and back.) Notice that the reasons that will be developed through the essay are specifically named and serve as a plan that the essay will follow.
Two body paragraphs that summarize the key points of the articles you’ve selected (one paragraph for each article). Each of these two body paragraphs should begin with a topic sentence that names the article, the author(s), and the author’s credentials, as well as a “gist statement” (similar to the statements above). For example: The article “Character Building: Using Literature to Connect with Youth, written by Kelley Regan and Patricia Page, discusses…” Then summarize the article’s key points (in approximately 7-10 sentences). There is no need to quote from the articles in these paragraphs.
At least three body paragraphs that offer three specific reasons (one reason in each paragraph) to support and explain your thesis. Each body paragraph must reference one of the two articles that you read (brief and significant quotations from both articles must be included in the essay — aim for two short quotations from each article). Each paragraph should also include examples from the text that you’ve chosen (in the form of quotations and paraphrases — both are required) to illustrate your points. Aim to include three brief but significant quotations from your chosen story in your essay.
A concluding paragraph that clearly shows the reader “why it matters.” Leave your peer teachers with a “big picture” reason that ties up the points gives them something to think about.
Audience and plot summary:
For the purposes of this essay, your audience is a group of other teachers who have read the work and are somewhat familiar with it but may need to have characters, events, and motivations reintroduced and BRIEFLY explained without PLOT SUMMARY. A paragraph of plot summary will lower your grade. One or two sentences of plot summary are fine.
Quotations and MLA in-text documentation
Please use MLA format for all quotations and paraphrases from the article and story. (Author’s last name and page number OR if author is mentioned in intro. phrase just page number directly after quotation or paraphrase and enclosed in parentheses)
Each quotation or paraphrase must be introduced with your own signal or intro. phrase.
Each quotation or paraphrase must be clearly connected to the point you are making.
Paraphrase using your own words and a different sentence structure from the original
If you omit text in quotes, use an ellipsis.
If you add text to quotes for clarity, put the added words in square brackets.
If you quote more than 4 lines of text, single-space the quote, omit the quotation marks and set it off 5 spaces from the left.
Even though the best papers may use more than one quotation and one paraphrase, quote and paraphrase sparingly. Don’t make your paper a long list of quote after quote after quote.
MLA Works Cited Page
You must include a works cited page. In a separate document I will provide the works cited page entries for all four articles. You can just copy and paste. For the last essay, I offered models for how to create the works cited page entry for a book. Use that model to include your chosen children’s book on the works cited page as well. So there should be three items on the works cited page: the two articles you’ve chosen AND the children’s book you’ve chosen.