From A. A. Milne's 100 Acre Wood to Scott Westerfeld's alternative map of The Great War, real and imaginary maps can play an important role in literature for children and young adults.
ALA 2015 Presentation
Begin by exploring my American Library Association (June 2015) presentation. Go to Treasure Island to Panem: Maps as Invitations to Reading & 21st Century Skills.
Then for a more in-depth examination of these ideas, explore the rest of the online workshop materials.
Whether asking students to analyze the conflict in Afghanistan through a map of the region found in The Breadwinner or visualize the imaginary world of Panem from The Hunger Games, librarians can use the maps found in popular books for children and young adults to jumpstart 21st century skills related to analyzing primary sources, using online map and satellite image resources, and constructing maps. The Standards for the 21st Century Learner stress the importance of understanding text in all formats including maps.
This online workshop explores how maps of real places and imaginary worlds can be woven into learning experiences across the curriculum. From historic trails to far-off countries, the maps provided by fiction authors help youth better understand the setting of the book including the time and place. However, the map on the page is just the beginning. Electronic resources can provide depth and breadth to the visual reading experience. Topographical, thematic, political, pictorial, and historical maps are just a few of the maps available in online collections. Satellite images found through sources can bring maps from books alive for youth. Interactive maps allow students to analyze data and explore changes over time.
This workshop examines dozens of maps from well-known fiction books for youth along with discussing engaging, technology-rich activities that address the Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Maps from new fiction works like the Mapmaker series by S.E. Grove as well as popular classics like A. A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood will be included.
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