This post was originally published in Nick Glass’ monthly column for Curriculum Connections, an e-newsletter published by School Library Journal in partnership with TeachingBooks.net. Subscribe to this free newsletter here.
At TeachingBooks.net we believe that books belong in every K–12 classroom and strive to support reading experiences by offering multimedia resources to enliven and expand on meaningful conversations about books in the curriculum.
In this month’s post, you’ll find strategies and suggestions that highlight ways educators of all disciplines can incorporate online author interviews, lesson plans, and audio recordings to engage students in any subject area.
We want teachers to know how easy and powerful it can be to have the authors of assigned titles share insights into their work—online, anytime. For example, students can watch and listen to Lois Lowry as she discusses how she came to create the setting for her Newbery winner The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993) in this video.
Introduce an assigned book with an audio performance such as Susan Adams and Selma Blair’s reading from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Recorded Books, 1982).
Host award-winning authors and illustrators in the library each week starting with Patricia Polacco, author of Thank You, Mr. Falker (Philomel, 1998) and The Keeping Quilt (S & S, 1988).
Assist student researchers in understanding the context of classic books by directing them to ready-to-use literature guides for assigned readings of titles such as Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (Lippincott, 1937).
Support the literacy development of English Language Learners by sharing videos of authors such as Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman discussing her collection of poems for two voices You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together (Little Brown, 2001).
Explore ethnic identity in contemporary literature with discussion questions for Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street (Arte Publico, 1983).
Expand on the science concepts found in books for young children by playing amusing audio clips of authors such as Jon Scieszka introducing and reading from Science Verse (Penguin, 2004).
Offer professional insights into content-area literacy programs by sharing four award-winning authors (Avi, Sharon Creech, Walter Dean Myers, and Sarah Weeks) as they perform and reflect on Reader’s Theater.
More suggestions for educators can be explored in the Curricular Uses area of TeachingBooks.net:
Posted by Nick Glass, Founder & Executive Director of TeachingBooks.net