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Literature brings the engagement power of the arts to bear on literacy.
Interesting literature causes students to read more and comprehend better.
Reading good literature causes active meaning construction.
construct personal meaning and make bridges between themselves and the book. (Visual, emotional)
books trigger greater brain activity that includes the personal creation of visual images.
Excessive TV = brain atrophy and impairs ability to visualize
Literature builds empathy and respect for others.
a)Literature broadens cultural attitudes, brings us closer to characters of every race, religion, and creed, lessening our fear of unknown.
1.Literature deepens understanding of universal concerns, big questions about surmounting obstacles.
Connections to own problems, fears, etc
Lit provides for aesthetic needs which increases motivation
needs for beauty, pleasure, joy, awe are basic
Lit extends high order thinking needed for problem solving
complex abstract thinking, making sense of conflict, new perspectives
What do teachers need to know regarding literature integration
history and definitions, elements, genres, selection sources, authors and artists, national standards for la, meaning making strategies, approaches to teaching
Name literary elements used to write and understand lit
Theme, plot, characters, setting, point of view
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