Examining Children's Literature for Use in The Children Facing Challenges Literature Project

Megan Marchal Ball State University, Julia Coones Ball State University, Mackie Sheets Ball State University, Jess Howell Ball State University, Chrissy Kennedy Ball State University, Hannah Hewson Ball State University, Danni DeLee Ball State University, Audrey Gemberling Ball State University, Anna Portwood Ball State University, Kelsey Kincanon Ball State University, Natalie Carder Ball State University, Riley Worden Ball State University, Courtney Eck Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Carolyn Hitchens Ball State University
Children in today’s classrooms can face a number of challenges in their daily lives. Challenges can include such things as food insecurity and poverty, parental issues including substance abuse, foster care placement, and bullying. Because these challenges can impact children’s lives, it is important that schools are sensitive to these challenges and provide support to children and to school members in order to provide the best experience possible for their students. Children’s literature has the potential to help the school community including teachers and other students provide support. Great children’s literature provides both mirrors for children to better understand their life experiences, and windows to learn about and understand the experiences of others (Bishop, 1990). This research focuses on the search for high quality children’s literature that addresses the challenges children may face. As part of a Ball State Immersive Learning class, students developed criteria for evaluating children’s literature to determine whether or not it would be appropriate for reading experiences with children they worked with at an elementary school. They applied those criteria to the books they examined. They next took the texts they found appropriate to the children and examined how children reacted to the text. examination of children’s literature related to the challenges. Students will present the information about the literature that was selected for examination. Next, they will describe how they developed the evaluation tool. Then they will present the results of their evaluation including the reactions of children while engaging in reading experiences.
Communication Sciences & Disorders and Education
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:30 AM
Jordan Hall 238