Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Teaching 21st Century Skills Through Literature


During a lesson the other day, we were talking about the different themes that exist in books. We are just finishing our social issues unit and many of the books have multiple themes. Since we also talk regularly to our students about 21st century skills and the importance of having growth mindsets, our discussion centered on some of the thinking skills and habits of mind that we want our students to develop.

Traditionally, I have categorized the books I read in terms of genre. We also teach in terms of genre. I am wondering out loud in this post about also categorizing books in terms of habits of mind and thinking skills. In the chart I have included below, overlap definitely exists so some of the books appear in multiple columns. However, I definitely think that some books lend themselves more to talking about specific skills than others.

Here is a list that we have started and I am asking for help in developing it. As we collect titles, the vision is to group them by grade level so that this chart becomes a resource of books that help to segue into conversations about 21st century skills with elementary students. I would so appreciate suggestions of titles that are appropriate for grades K-8 and I will continue to develop this chart. Thanks!


Perseverance
Empathy
Collaboration
Ethical Citizenship
Creativity
Global Awareness
The Running Dream
Wendelin Van Draanen
The Running Dream
WendelinVan
Draanen
Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Flying Solo
Ralph Fletcher
Ivan the One and Only
Katherine Applegate
The Hundred Dresses
Eleanor Estes
Close to Famous
Joan Bauer
Okay For Now
Gary Schmidt
Among the Hidden
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
Close to Famous
Joan Bauer
The Cloud Spinner
Michael Catchpool
Out of My Mind
Sharon Draper
Drums Girls and Dangerous Pie
Jordan Sonnenblick
How to Steal a Dog
Barbara O'Connor
Okay For Now
Gary Schmidt
Out of My Mind Sharon Draper
Bystander
James Preller
Lightning Thief
Rick Riordan
Gollywhopper Games
Jody Feldman
Gleam and Glow
The Red Pyramid
Rick Riordan
Thank You Mr. Falker
Patricia Polacco
Gollywhopper Games
Jody Feldman
The Maze Runner
James Dashner
Smoky Night
Eve Bunting
Under the Persimmon Tree
Suzanne Fisher Staples
The Hundred Dresses
Eleanor Estes
The Maze Runner
James Dashner
Sugar and Ice
Kate Messner
How to Steal a Dog
Barbara O'Connor
The Other Side
Jacqueline Woodson
No Talking
Andrew Clements
Shine
Lauren Myracle

Chopsticks
Amy Rosenthal
Wonder
RJ Polacio
Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein
Turtle in Paradise
Jennifer Holm
Lost and Found
Andrew Clements
Emma's Rug
Allen Say
Dancing in the Wings
Debbie Allen
Journey
Patricia MacLachlan
The Fourth Stall
Chris Rylander
My Life as a Book
Janet Tashjian
Dot
Patricia Intriago
Eye of the Storm
Kate Messner
Wonder
RJ Polacio
Flying Solo
Ralph Fletcher
The Giver
Lois Lowry
Crow Call
Lois Lowry

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