The Role of Literature in Language Arts Teaching and Learning: Developing Literary Understanding

Notes from my ED-LTCY 346 class this semester, Fall 2014 at Boise State University. Children’s literature is the foundation for a rich and effective language arts program. Children’s literature motivates readers, provides them with invaluable language experience and offers them opportunities to learn about themselves and the world. Effective teachers create classroom libraries that support their…

What is children’s literature?

Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down. . . . Some writers for children deliberately avoid using words they think a child doesn’t know. This emasculates the prose and . . . bores the reader. . . . Children love words that give them…

Are you an author who visits schools? Come to Boise!

I’m going to be helping to book authors for tours including my daughter’s schools in the Boise area; talks at Boise State University, and other engagements in the Pacific Northwest. Please email me at youngpeoplespavilion@gmail.com with press kits and suggestions. Sincerely, Michael Strickland