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(Re)Storying Obama: An Examination Of Recently Published Informational Texts, Laura A. May, Teri Holbrook, Laura E. Meyers Jan 2010

(Re)Storying Obama: An Examination Of Recently Published Informational Texts, Laura A. May, Teri Holbrook, Laura E. Meyers

Early Childhood and Elementary Education Faculty Publications

American publishers have published numerous children’s books about Barack Obama over the past several years; most take the form of informational biographies. This article reports on a research project aimed at how these books incorporate sociohistorical narratives, particularly those related to the civil rights movement. Though the features of the books might cause the reader to presume political neutrality, the books link readers to distinct Discourses (Gee, 1996), suggesting particular ideologies. In this article, we identified the following differences: (1) specific happenings from Obama’s life were included in some texts while omitted in others; (2) when the events ...


Name Games: Literacy And Play In The Prekindergarten Classroom, Laura A. May, Gary Bingham, Jennifer Barrett-Mynes Jan 2010

Name Games: Literacy And Play In The Prekindergarten Classroom, Laura A. May, Gary Bingham, Jennifer Barrett-Mynes

Early Childhood and Elementary Education Faculty Publications

Teachers and researchers have found that having writing materials in all play centers in early childhood classrooms makes it easy for children to experience and work with print as they play with names. Children’s interest in their own names can be used as a tool for increasing their awareness of and experiences with print awareness and writing.