• Tackling Children's Literature and Childhood Literacy through Service Learning

    Author(s):
    Elizabeth Goodhue (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    GS Children’s and Young Adult Literature, RCWS Literacy Studies, RCWS Writing Pedagogies
    Subject(s):
    Children's literature, Literature, Pedagogy, Service learning, Teaching of literature, Young adult literature
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    2016 MLA Convention
    Conf. Org.:
    Modern Language Association
    Tag(s):
    children's literature, mla16, public, service learning, session 253
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M63P4G
    Abstract:
    In these remarks for roundtable session 253 at the 2016 MLA convention--titled "An Interactive Conversation about Service Learning in Literary Studies"--Elizabeth Goodhue examines an undergraduate service learning course on children’s literature and childhood literacy that she taught at UCLA. The paper focuses on how community-engaged pedagogy benefits undergraduates as well as the K-12 students at local schools and educational nonprofits partnering with the course. Goodhue describes assignments that ask undergraduates to connect their experiences tutoring K-12 students in reading and writing with historical and contemporary texts and with current trends in literacy education and publishing, such as the recent #weneeeddiversebooks campaign. Goodhue demonstrates how service learning can yield tangible artifacts that benefit community partners and simultaneously guide undergraduates to think creatively about the complex challenges of living in a globally interconnected world, and encourage them to recognize the importance of respecting cultural diversity in curricula and collections.
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