Ways to Incorporate Literature into Content Area Teaching and Learning
Middle and high school teachers, even English teachers, are sometimes nervous about how to fit literature into their tight schedules. This chapter provides various suggestions about ways content area teachers can incorporate literature into their curriculum. It deals with guidance for helping students select books that will promote their wide reading in teacher's subject area. K. Chandler-Olcott offers a framework for when and how to help students select books. Teacher's students may already be familiar with the reading workshop model because they may have participated in it regularly in the elementary grades, when "Reading" was a daily subject, and/or in English classrooms. The teacher knows the students as individuals, so can suggest particular books and materials to fit their needs and match their learning styles. Modify how teacher's literature circles are conducted depending on the students they have, the resources that are available, and the topics they are teaching.