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Middle School Content Area Literature: Picturing the Possibilities (On Demand)

Non-Member Price: $99.00

NCTE Member Price: $49.00

Presenter(s): Mary Jo Fresch, Margaret Harkins

This Web seminar recording includes all audio, video, chat discussion, and actions from the Live presentation.

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Level(s): Middle


Picture engaged students...captivating content...and lessons with lasting impressions. Participants of this web seminar will have an inside look at the picture books that draw middle school students into Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and The Arts. Not limited by constraints often placed on textbooks, picture books offer updated material on specialized topics that meet a wide range of students' learning needs. Teachers will find picture books can introduce new topics, extend areas of interest, or provide authentic cultural perspectives. The colorful pictures and rich language will spark interest in even the most reluctant learner.  We will discuss reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing across the curriculum, inspired by age appropriate content literature. Participants will have an exclusive look at ways to engage learners and infuse new ideas into their teaching through the newest and best picture books.

Mary Jo Fresch is a professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University at Marion. Her teaching experiences include third grade, and literacy and children’s literature courses at University of Akron, University Nebraska (Lincoln), and in Melbourne, Australia, at The Royal Melbourne Institute and Deakin University. She presents nationally and internationally. She is well published, including co-authoring the 2009 NCTE publication, The Power of Picture Books in Middle School.    

Peggy Harkins has been teaching on The Ohio State University’s regional campus at Marion, Ohio, since 1995. Currently, she balances her time between administrative work and teaching. She also has previous teaching experience at the third grade level in Ohio and Pennsylvania. She has presented at state and international conferences, and published several research articles. Peggy is the co-author of the 2009 NCTE publication, The Power of Picture Books in Middle School.

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