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Using a variety of children's literature in the classroom.

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What are the advantages of including a variety of materials in your classroom library? Will you include your students' personal stories (books they have written in class) in your classroom library, why or why not? What might be the advantages or disadvantages to including students' personal stories?

What is the definition of children's literature? Does this fit with your personal definition, if so how, if not, why? Cite two or three books you would label as children's literature and explain your reasoning.

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What are the advantages of including a variety of materials in your classroom library? Will you include your students' personal stories (books they have written in class) in your classroom library, why or why not? What might be the advantages or disadvantages to including students' personal stories?

The advantages of including a variety of materials in my classroom library are fairly obvious. We know that students are individuals with personal interests and curiosity. Some may be interested in sports, others like horses, and still others prefer to read about fantasy worlds that are nothing like our own. Some like to read factual information while others prefer fiction. By including a wide variety of literature I will ensure that all my students have at least some books that appeal to their interests. Additionally, by stocking many genres and reading levels I will hopefully stimulate students to try different types of literature rather than only reading what they already are predisposed to enjoy.

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This discussion examines the use of a variety of children's literature in the elementary classroom. Why is a large variety of genres a good decision? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using stories that the children themselves have written? Over 650 words of original text.

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