The Role of Children’s Fiction Enhancing the Curriculum through Literary LearningLiterary learning could be defined as a set of skills allowing enriched engagement in society. This includes the many language forms that assist in making meaning of literature types and the acceptance and value of this role in society. Thinking and emotions are connected with expression of language, which is itself a key aspect of our heritage. Students learn and become involved in their individual learning once they become aware of this relevance to their own learning. So, all teachers need to promote the importance of literacy as being fundamental to all areas of the curriculum (Todd 2010) and the future of learning (Loertscher 2012). It is the development of competence that strengthens skills as associated grammar, and spelling fundamentals add to growth and life long learning skills gained by the student.Specific curriculum documents, such as the English K-6 Syllabus, the use of literature is prescribed, in order to fulfil the outcomes and objectives of the policy.
- The application of material that falls within the general descriptions of 'children's literature' is most appropriate to achieve those goals.
- The benefits of holistic learning are noted by many in research. "Integration of intellectual, social and emotional aspects" (Brooks & Brooks, 1993) is vital for successful learning. Children's literature with it's rich diversity of genres is a rich source of resources.
- Research has demonstrated that the consolidation of the role of children's literature will produce benefits to the development of language, and thus literacy. Critical thinking will be enhanced, as will the learners' engagement in their learning.
- The rich variety of material offered by children's literature stimulates language growth, and thus improves communication skills.
Useful Website Links
Useful sites to support a range of learning for T-6 Group
Environment Australia web site - www.ea.gov.au.
Smithsonian Museum - nmnhwww.si.edu/nmnhweb.html
The Sea - www.seasky.org/sea.html
Search World Cities - www.city.net/
Tugboat story for Infants - www.cochran.com/theodore/
Australian Antarctic - www.antdiv.gov.au/
Rainforest Action Network - www.ran.org/kids_action/
New South Wales Parliament - www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/
Educational Resources at Yahoo - www.yahoo.com/Education/K-12
AskAuthor gives lots of links, AuthorLinks gives favourite authors -www.ipl.org/youth/AskAuthor/AuthorLinks.html
Biographys - www.biography.com/
Genres and Examples