Summary Of The Phantom Tollbooth

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Caldwell, Kathleen, and Thomas Gaine. "The Phantom Tollbooth" and how the Independent Reading of Good Books Improves Student's Reading Performance. 2000. ProQuest. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
This article highlights the importance of independent reading to improve positive life-long habits, and improve performance in other academic subjects. Independent reading encourages heightened levels of reading comprehension, and exposes children to vocabulary terms that are rarely spoken in conversation, which, as stated in the article accounts for 1/3 or more of vocabulary growth. By creating engaging lessons that the children can relate to, a world will open up to them that may significantly impact their future success. I would consider this source to be of …show more content…

It highlights the literary functioning of the book itself, and also highlights alternative tasks that work in conjunction with lessons in the book. It sets a clear emphasis on using technology to research information that was previously unknown to the student (vocabulary, and word meaning, etc.) to both familiarize with internet search engines and websites, encourages independence in seeking solutions to problems, and teaching proper citation and formatting. Not only does the article parallel the concepts that I intend to include, but it also provides child-friendly websites to make dictionary, thesaurus, and citation guides easy for students to use. This will likely be the primary source I will use aside from the book itself. It is full of resources that will help me to create a dynamic plan. Seeing how someone else navigated through the book previosly will help me to search for my own pieces of the puzzle and put it together in my own way.
Juster, Norton. The Phantom Tollbooth. New York: Scholastic, 1961. Print.
This book will be the foundational piece of my lesson plan as it is the main text I am working with. I will use it in countless ways to convey important conceptual information to students to increase literacy functioning, use of literary devices, increase reading comprehension through familiarization of decoding words, …show more content…

Although these tactics can be applied to almost any lesson or subject, there is emphasizes effectiveness in reading and language arts lessons. Paul provides examples of questions and ideas that can be used to persuade the students to achieve a higher order of thinking about new information and ideas. Suggestions are made for slight alterations for already existing lesson plans that could drastically increase the amount of critical brain time a child has with the material in which they may formulate new ideas, view in different perspectives, and learn to approach thoughts from new angles. This source is strongly relatable to my project. Some of my other sources provide building blocks and great ideas for plan construction, but this article explains how to incorporate higher order thinking, and elicit higher thought processes in your students.
Szilagyi, Janka, and Jill Zarazinski. "Teaching Strategies: Self-Created Children's Literature as a
Teaching Strategy--Voices from the College and the Elementary Classroom." Childhood
Education 88.2 (2012): 121-4. ProQuest. Web. 20 Nov.

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