For this task we had to read the articles Shut My Mouth Wide Open: Realistic Fiction and Social Action written by Cynthia A. Tyson and Depictions and Gaps: Portrayal of U.S. Poverty in Realistic Fiction Children’s Picture Books written by Jane E. Kelley and Janine J. Darragh. After reading the articles we were asked to answer the questions the team had designed.
1. According to the article Shut My Mouth Wide Open: Realistic Fiction and Social Action written by Cynthia A. Tyson, does she feel that fairy tales should be taught throughout the curriculum? Why or why not?
Cynthia Tyson does not feel that fairy tales should be taught throughout the curriculum. She feels it is more important to for the students to be interested in what they are reading so they will be involved in their own learning experience. Tyson states:
This suggested to me a need for more con temporary themes in reading material for some readers. It moved me to explore the pedagogical implications of the selection of children’s literature, as well as how that literature and literary response (Rosenblatt, 1978) may be used as an instructional tool to increase literacy success and initiate social action
Had she stayed with teaching the fairy tales, the boys in the class would be have been bored throughout the lesson and would not have gained anything from it. They were unable to relate to the story. Instead she found books that were prevalent to their socioeconomic environment. This sparked their interest. Soon they began to form a close bonded group and began understanding, commenting and dissecting the reading material. It sparked great conversations and eventually led to them becoming involved in their community. They were not made to this b their teacher. It was something they did on their own and since they did it on their own, they were more involved to see it through.
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2. In the article Depictions and Gaps: Portrayal of U.S. Poverty in Realistic Fiction Children’s Picture Books, why is it that some areas in the books reflect the reality in the United States, but areas such as poverty are mispresented? Provide examples and support your thoughts. I think in years past there were a lot of judgments being placed on people based on their culture and ethnic background. The “white” culture viewed themselves as superior and all other nationalities, races and ethnic cultures were viewed as substandard. While I still believe some of that goes on today, I feel that people are more conscious of it and that we are moving away from that (positive thoughts) notion. As the authors state in the article, “…poverty and homelessness are at the forefront of many people’s minds as it is nearly impossible not to be personally affected or to know someone affected by monetary hardships.” People of all races, creeds and nationalities have been affected by economic hardship. I know of white families who are working hard but still live in dire financial situations. Finances or lack thereof affect everyone.
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