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Literature-Technology Connections

The Literature-Technology Connection

Literature matters. Whether it's reading for pleasure or to gather information, reading is critical to the development of young people. Whether reading print on a page or text on a screen, literature can have a profound impact on the lives of children and young adults.

eye means essentialRead Lessons and Lives: Why Young Adult Literature Matters by Gary M. Salvner. It's based on a keynote address for educators and librarians.

Books have always been an important source of information and entertainment. Personal experience and a vivid imagination can bring the content of a book alive. However many times literature stimulates ideas and questions that can't be answered without external resources and tools. This is where a technology connection can enhance the reading experience.

The cover of the book A Single ShardWhen reading the award-winning book, A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, you might ask yourself: Are the mountains of Korea steep and rocky or grassy and rolling? What did the pottery or pottery wheel described in the book look like? What would people of ancient Korea wear? What would it be like to live in Korea today?

Technology provides the resources and tools to locate information and communicate with others. Librarians and teachers are increasingly identifying technology-rich resources and activities to enrich learning. For example, the Newberys and the Net section of this website provide resources to complement popular Newbery medal and honor books such as A Single Shard.

Regardless of whether you're interesting in science, social studies, math, or other subject areas, there's always a need to identify rich reading resources to expand content knowledge. Although these reading resources may be in the form of a book, they may also be on CD-ROM or online.

Spend some time exploring the following book-technology connections areas of Literature Ladders:

go to the Newberys and the Net Newberys and the Net

Go to the Caldecott Connections site Caldecott Connections

Go to the Fun with Favorites section Fun with Favorites

eye icon for essential readingExplore Linda's Links to Literature for hundreds of other book-technology connection ideas.

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Choose ONE of the following activities:

Newberys. Read one of the books in Newberys and the Net. Explore the activities and links provided. Identify at least three additional websites and describe activities that would connection to this book. Besides the use of websites, what other technology be used with this book?

Caldecotts. Read one of the books in Caldecott Connections or Fun with Favorites. Explore the activities and links provided. Identify at least three additional websites and describe activities that would connection to this book. Besides the use of websites, what other technology be used with this book?

Literature Links. Explore Linda's Links to Literature. Read one of the books. Explore the activities and links provided. Identify at least three additional websites and describe activities that would connection to this book. Besides the use of websites, what other technology be used with this book?

Your Choice. Read a book of your choice. It can be for children, adults, fiction, or nonfiction. Identify at least three websites and describe activities that would connection to this book. Besides the use of websites, what other technology be used with this book?

 


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