The Value of Literature in Education

As students circle around their teacher, ready to hear a story they may believe that they are getting out of work. What the students don’t realize is they are actually learning, just in an indirect way. This means going beyond the giant textbooks and moving into books students can connect with. Literature plays a dynamic role in the classroom from aiding learning in different subject areas, developing critical thinking skills and teaching moral lessons.
Before I started taking my principles of elementary math class I never would have thought about the fact teachers use literature to aid learning in math. In my class, we examined the use of children’s picture books as a resource for students to see math in real life situations. An example of this would be a teacher reading aloud the picture book Spunky Monkeys on Parade. Within the fun picture of monkeys in parades the students skip count along with their teacher. This shows students who once believed they could not skip count a new way to make skip counting possible and fun. Within literature it creates a safe place for students to learn a subject like math that can be daunting to a young student. As students get older and they are able to start reading chapter books, they are able to establish connections with the characters of the books they are reading. An example of a children’s chapter book that would be useful in the classroom for math would be, The Candy Corn Contest. In this book the student reads about Richard who is in a classroom where they are having an estimation contest of how many candy corns are in a jar. Everyone in his class would get one guess for every page of a book they read. The teacher could use literature to give an incentive for students to re...

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... from different cultures. If students did not have books they would only know about the people they have met and this would be a small world view.
Through all of our lives literature plays an important role, and the biggest time it can have an impact is when we are young learners. Teachers can bring to life stories and lessons that writing on a white board could have never taught them. There is no subject that a good book could not be paired with to help a student learn a topic. Teachers have book discussion and have questions about reading not to be evil but to develop those students’ critical thinking skills. The moral and life lessons literature teaches help students evolves with this ever-changing diverse world. Literature which has the most dynamic role in the classroom from subject to subject it develops critical thinking along with moral lessons.
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