War and Peace: Children’s Books and Representations of War

By Pat Smith and Joan Phyllis Stewart.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In the past two years a seeming plethora of books with the theme of war and peace have been published for children. It is necessary to provide time in classrooms for students to raise and interrogate issues raised in these books While conversations about texts are a starting point, ensuring that this dialogue is accountable and rigorous is just as fundamental. This paper will demonstrate strategies that support the modelling and explicit teaching that may be used to develop accountable talk. These strategies and examples of student talk will be described and examples given from work in classrooms. We describe how students learn to connect ideas about war within and between texts, through text to text, text to self and text to world connections.

Keywords: War, Peace, Childrens Literature, Critical Literacy, Accountable Talk, Reading Strategies

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.81-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 564.152KB).

Dr Pat Smith

TEaching Fellow, School of Education, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Pat and Joan have been teaching Childrens Literature for some years and are interested at this point in examining strategies that scaffold students to become critical readers. They are particularly interested in reading as a social act and promoting multiple readings of texts as the reader moves bewteen Rosenblatt’s aesthetic/efferent mode.

Dr Joan Phyllis Stewart

Senior Lecturuer, School of education, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia


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