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Contribution to Book
Big Stuff at the Middle Level: The Real World, Real Reading, and Right Action
Making Facts Come Alive: Choosing & Using Quality Nonfiction Literature K-8 (2003)
  • Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Boise State University
Abstract

FINALE! CONCLUSION! Phantasmagoric display of FIREWORKS! Well, sorry...Since this isn't hypertext or video, I can't truly display my students' pyrotechnical virtuosity on these pages. In this book's final chapter, what I can do is to examine nonfiction use in the middle school classroom relative to big issues. In fact, let's go right after this "BIG STUFF" as my student Sean affectionately called it. After all, school should be about Big Stuff, and so should our reading. To get us started, here are some Big Questions that I think we need to ask:

  • What should middle school kids (and all others) be learning in school, and for what purposes?
  • How can we tech middle level students in powerful ways that are consistent with these purposes?
  • How does the classroom use of nonfiction fit into all this?

Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Editor
Rosemary A. Bamford and Janice V. Kristo
Publisher
Christopher-Gordon Publishers
Citation Information
Jeffrey D. Wilhelm. "Big Stuff at the Middle Level: The Real World, Real Reading, and Right Action" 2ndNorwood, Mass.Making Facts Come Alive: Choosing & Using Quality Nonfiction Literature K-8 (2003)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeffrey_wilhelm/25/