Teaching Library Media Skills
Carrel Muller Gueringer
Lower School Library Media Specialist
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1. Teaching activities in language arts:
Literary allusion is a reference to something already known in literature.
Literary allusions to characters; examples:
Literary allusions to poetic language and dialogue; examples:
Art store bill…."One, two buckle my shoe.”
Letters from The Three Bears... “too big, too small, just right”.
Literary allusion to stories from folk literature and poetry; examples:
Genre is a category of literary composition.
Fables: “Tortoise and the Hare”; “Ant and the Grasshopper”
2. Narrative poetry…"The Owl and the Pussycat”
A. Biographical allusions to authors and their works …
Example: The address on Ant’s business card, “1827 Spyri Lane,
Hinzel, Switzerland ” is an allusion to Johanna Spyri the author
Example: The address on Mother Goose’s letters, “1697 Rue
Perrault, Paris, France”, is an allusion to the author Charles Perrault
Example: The newspaper clippings for “The Tortoise and the Hare”
Thomas E. Dewey and Harry S. Truman.
C. Geography … making connections between stories/characters
and their country of residence in the book.
2. Stamps on correspondence represent flags of countries.
A. Atlas, its organization and use.
1. Table of contents – contents and organization
2. Index – finding maps – using coordinates to locate cities.
3. Introduce different types of atlas.
1. Reading maps – using contiguous countries or bodies of water
2. Placing marks at the designated cities – tracing a route.
3. Following Dr. David’s trip from Philadelphia through Europe and
back to Philadelphia , then on to the wedding in Tobago .
A. Teach or review parts of a book [Table of Contents and Index]
B. Use Table of Contents/Indexes in Mother Goose books, poetry anthologies and
fairy/folk tale collections to discover the literary allusions on the end papers.
on the end papers by writing the title and page number.
5. Teaching reference skills:
that contain the works alluded to in Jean Cassels’s book.
make a list of the works that may contain the original poetry or stories.
1. Searching the different sections of the library.
2. Practicing the use of the Dewey Decimal System.
6. Teaching creative writing, technology and art:
A. Letters – use templates on computer to write a letter for a favorite
character pretending he/she has a life outside of their story.
cards for a favorite character.