How to Effectively Teach Children's Literature


As a college instructor at Illinois State, Erika Romero focuses on teaching future teachers. Her children's literature classes use literature to explore the meaning and life experiences of the students. Children's literature is targeted to children but is still complex and nuanced. This podcast will help you better understand how to effectively use children's literature when teaching young students.

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Erika's website can be found here: www.evereducating.com and on social media @evereducating

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About Erika

Erika is a PhD Candidate and college instructor at Illinois state, finished her 11th year in college

Blogs about children's literature topics Loves studying literature Got her masters, continued on with her education

Has taught at the college level for 5 years and before that was a writing instructor and teaching assistant.

Children's Literature

Teaches foundations and literature for children.

She teaches future teachers in her literature course.

It’s not a methods course; it’s a literature course.

Children's literature is targeted to children but is still complex and nuanced.

Teachers sometimes choose books based on standards, lengths or reading level.

Teachers need to carefully consider how much they can teach around world views and diverse experiences.

In her classes, she includes diversity in races, economics, family situations, etc.