Literature-Based Reading Programs
Literature-based reading programs, often called "whole language programs," take an approach to reading different from the basal program. In a literature-based program, children read books by identified authors -- books such as Eric Carle's The Hungry Caterpillar and Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit. A classroom using this approach to reading will have many books of all kinds, on a variety of topics, and at many levels of complexity. Some will be easy to read, with pictures telling most of the story, and others will be more difficult. The children make choices about which books they read. A growing number of teachers believe that literature-based reading programs are not only more appropriate developmentally than skill-based basal reading programs but make the children more effective as readers and writers.
Reprinted from the series 101 Educational Conversations by Vito Perrone, published by Chelsea House Publishers.
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