A Place for Children’s Literature in New Literacies Classrooms by dustindiamond


									  A Place for Children’s Literature in New Literacies Classrooms Conference

Friday April 4, 2008

10:30-11:30 AM

Session 1: Jane Baskwill; Changing the Lens: Using Art-Full Reflective
Journaling and Multicultural Children’s Literature to Explore Issues of Anti-
Racism and Social Justice

This session is of interest to educators at all levels who search for new spaces for
children’s literature in which to foreground social justice.

Session 2: Aubrey Davis; Teaching-Stories: Ancient Tools for New Knowledge

In this presentation, teaching-stories will be discussed as a way for readers to
absorb critical attitudes and personal qualities to help them cope with and thrive in
the world, as well as to develop higher order thinking skills.

Session 3: Pam Whitty & Sherry Rose; “I Would Never Read That to Children:”
Negotiating Spaces for Children as Critical Multimodal Readers in Child Care

In our critical-feminist action research project with local childcare practitioners in
New Brunswick, we interpret the co-constructing of multi-modal literacy practices
as we pilot a curriculum framework for early learning and care for children birth to

Session 4: Larry Verstraete; Behind the Published Book: Marketplace Writing
Strategies for the Classroom
In this session, participants go behind-the-scenes of the book industry to present
practical suggestions on how educators can apply approaches adapted from the
publishing world to enhance the writing cultures of their own classrooms.

Session 5: Jeanette Thompson; Historical Fiction in the World of Multiliteracies:
How Can the Old World Speak to the New?

This presentation explores male young adult literate practices in relation to the
genre of historical fiction using Australian contemporary literature.

Session 6: Shosh Brenner & Beverley Goldbach; Adolescence, Reluctance, and
Motivation: How to Instill the Love for Reading

This action research investigates factors that deter or motivate students to choose
reading as a preferred activity.
Session 7: Carol Jupiter, Engaging Readers: Asking the Right Questions at the
Right Time

This presentation will discuss the importance of and approaches to connections
within and without the text, posing questions and visualizing readings and sharing
these experiences with students on asking the right questions, listening and giving
students the time to develop the language and skills to probe text.

Kristin Main; Reconnecting Adolescents with Children’s Literature: Helping
Students Connect with the Meaning Making Process
This presentation takes a multimodal approach to helping intermediate level students
connect with meaning making processes by reconnecting them with children’s literature.

Session 8: Jamie Naidoo; Empowering Diversity: Interrelation of Traditional
and Multimodal Texts in Promoting Multicultural Literacy

This presentation shows how children’s literature can promote multicultural
literacy, higher-order thinking, and the use of varied technologies.

Anne Burke; Multimodality in Picture Books

This presentation shows how multimodality within picture books may be used to
create new literate understandings for adolescents.

Linda Granfield (Amazing Grace; Where Poppies Grow; What Am I?; Silent Night; In
Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae)

Rukhsana Khan (The Roses in my Carpets; Silly Chicken; Dahling if You Love Me Would
You Please, Please Smile; Muslim Child)

Marsha Skrypuch (Aram’s Choice; Hope’s War; Daughter of War; Nobody’s Child)

Barbara Reid (Two by Two; The Party; Read Me A Book; Seed to Flower)
Helaine Becker (Secret Agent Y.O.U. - Yes, You!: The Official Guide to Secret Codes,
Disguises, Surveillance and More; Funny Business; Are You Psychic?)

Marthe Jocelyn (Hannah and the Seven Dresses; Hannah's Collections; Mable Riley; A
Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril and Romance; How It Happened in Peach Hill)
Friday April 4, 2008

2:15-3:15 PM

Session 1: Rukhsana Khan; Using Stories to Navigate Turmoil in the Lives of
Unprivileged Children

This workshop explores how storytelling can be used in the classroom as a tool of
cultural expression.

Session 2: Larry Swartz; Working with Visual Texts
Through drama exploration and discussion in response to visual texts, participants will be
encouraged to consider pedagogy that works towards change in the improvement in others
in building stronger relationships and caring communities.

Session 3: Marni Binder; The Imaginative Landscapes of Children: Exploring
Multiple Literacies through Picture Books

This is an interactive workshop exploring the imaginative connections between
quality picture books and emerging literacies in the primary classroom.

Session 4: Jane Paterson & Theresea Meikle, What the Code Reveals

Bringing alternate texts into the classroom to examine and/or to create within,
presents challenges. Examining both texts together helps meaning making to occur
by both teacher and student.

Session 5: Andrea Schwenke Wyile & Paul Hutten; Picture Books of Ideas and
Critical Metamorphoses in Middle School

This presentation outlines the objectives of our study and creation of “picture books
of ideas” with middle school students, including practical and theoretical findings.
The analysis of some student made texts will focus on the metamorphoses they have
engendered in the students and the participating adults, and in the evolution of our

Session 6: Marianna Di Iorio; Examining Representations of Same-sex
Relationships in Picture Books

This session examines texts on same-sex relationships and how they provide
opportunities to challenge heterosexist notions of family.

Leah Delia Larson; From Transgender to Heteroflexible: Queerness in
Contemporary Young Adult Novels

This study uses a queer framework to analyze presentation of sexual orientation in
young adult novels published between 2000 and 2007.
Session 7: Robyn Ewing; Fostering Critical Literacy Through Drama and
Authentic Literary Texts

This presentation demonstrates that drama strategies linked with authentic , richly
interpretative literary texts can foster students’ imaginations and develop their

Heather Lotherington; Learning Narratives Through a Multiliteracies
Approach: Radically Rewritten Traditional Tales at Joyce Public School

This presentation focuses on a collaborative action research project through which
students developed individualized digital versions of traditional tales.

Session 8: Leslie McGrath; The Accessible Rare Book: Bringing Students to
Special Collections and Special Collections to Students: A Case Study of the
Osborne Collection

This paper outlines three ways in which one special children’s literature collection
supports research using primary materials for students in grades 7 to 11 to
encourage the wider use of historical literature in the classroom.

Miriam Richter; The Rare Book - The Importance of Being Historical: Theoretical
Considerations on the Significance of Bringing Students and Special Collections
This paper uses theoretical concepts of culture and history in order to explore the
questions of why it is important to bring students in touch with historical literature and in
what way it helps them understand their cultural heritage.

Aubrey Davis (Bagels from Benny; Bone Button Borscht; The Enormous Potato; The
Enormous Potato)

Frieda Wishinsky (Beware, Pirates!: Canadian Flyer Adventures #1; Yikes! Vikings!:
Canadian Flyer Adventures #4; No Frogs For Dinner; So Long Stinky Queen)

Jennifer Lanthier (The Mystery of the Martello Tower; The Legend of the Lost Jewels)

Elizabeth Macleod (Eleanor Roosevelt: An Inspiring Life; Helen Keller: A Determined
Life; The Kids Book of Great Canadian Women; The Kids Book Of Canada At War)

Paul Yee (Ghost Train; What Happened This Summer And Other Stories; Tales from
Gold Mountain; The Bone Collector's Son)
Saturday April 5, 2008

10:30-11:30 AM

Session1: Carol Rolheiser, Jane Paterson, & Blair Mascall; The Challenge of
Change: The Use of an Alternate Text for Literacy Research Dissemination

This interactive presentation demonstrates a way of collecting data and sharing
research findings that employs the multimodal text of the documentary video to
address the challenge of low literacy achievement in schools.

Session 2: Mary Kooy; Picture Books as Portals: Visual Vistas for Understanding
Literary Theory

This session explores the possibilities and practices for encouraging and
constructing understanding of a range of literary theories through the visual
medium of picture books.

Session 3: Carole Miller & Juliana Saxton; Drama: Using Multiple Literacies to
Explore the Interface Between Our Inner Selves and the Outside World

This presentation will serve as a demonstration of how drama supports multiple
literacies while offering opportunities to uncover the social (or hidden) curriculum.

Mary Ladky & Miriam Davidson; Photography and Storytelling: Creating and
Recreating Literary Texts in the Intermediate Classroom
This paper reports the results of two teacher/researchers’ in-school collaborative project,
where intermediate students used literary texts as springboards for development of their
photography and writing.

Session 4: Naomi Hamer; Reading Children’s Literature Across Trans-Media
Franchises: The Multimodal Literacy Cultures of ‘Tween Girls

This paper discussion will be a close analysis on a range of texts related to C.S.
Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia presenting the findings of responses of tween readers
to these texts.

Brenton Doecke, Natalie Bellis, & Graham Parr, The Making of Literature in
Australian English Classrooms

We will explore ways in which Australian literature teachers are continuing to
provide spaces for creativity and engagement in their classrooms, enabling young
people to locate their reading in relation to their own needs and values.

Richard Scrimger (A Nose for Adventure; Mystical Rose; Princess Bun Bun; From
Charlie’s Point of View)
Rosemary Sadlier (The Kids Book of Black Canadian History; Harriet Tubman and the
Underground Railroad; Mary Ann Shadd: Publisher, Editor, Teacher, Lawyer,
Suffragette; Leading the Way:Black Women in Canada)

Veronika Charles (The Bird Man; Don’t Forget; Necklace of Stars; Crane Girl)

Saturday April 5, 2008

12:30-1:30 PM

Session 1: Ingrid Johnston, Joyce Bainbridge, Lynne Wiltse, Mary Clare
Courtland, Roberta Hammett, Anne Burke, Angela Ward, Farha Shariff; Re-
viewing Performativity, Image, and Ideology in Canadian Multicultural Picture
Books with Preserivce Teachers

In this themed panel session, seven researchers will present findings from a national
study that explores aspects of visual literacy and identity formation in Canadian
multicultural picture books with pre-service teachers.

Session 2: Lynne Cohen & Carole Carpenter; STOMP

This presentation presents a project where adolescent males are mentored online
by male university students in an effort to motivate adolescent males to read fiction
and to improve their written responses to reading.

Session 3: Yiola Cleovoulou; Multiliteracies and the Novel Study: One teachers'
approach to Socially Inclusive Pedagogy

An introduction of a children’s text, “Naomi’s Road” stimulates ideas surrounding
the complexities of teaching historical fiction to a small reading group of junior
special education students. In this presentation it is demonstrated how “Language
Lab,” a computer based language program, can be used to create a more inclusive
learning environment.
Sunny, Man Chu Lau; A Critical Reading of the Use of Cultural Traditions in
Chinese Canadian Children’s Books

This paper critically examines the use of the Chinese heritage in two Chinese-
Canadian children’s literary texts.

Session 4: Linda Cameron & Kimberly Bezaire; Toys as Text: Critically Reading
Children’s Playthings

Together we will play with the texts of toys, games, and technologies to explore how
they relate to concepts of text and multiliteracies and how through interaction,
meaning is constructed.

Ken Setterington (The Wild Swans; Mom and Mum are getting Married!; Clever
Katarina; Tales of Court and Castle)

Paul Kropp (Team Tag; Home Run; My Broken Family; One Crazy Night)
Sharon Jennings (Franklin Collection; Priscilla and Rosy; No Monsters Here; When
You Get A Baby)

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