Imagination and Literacy Instruction: A Content Analysis of Literature within Literacy-Related Publications

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https://doi.org/10.20360/G20027

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literacy, imagination, reading, literacy instruction, reading instruction

Abstract

Through content analysis of research conducted during the last 25 years, this paper identifies five vital uses of imagination within literacy instruction. First, readers use imagination to comprehend text. Second, readers use imagination to engage in the world depicted through the text. Third, readers use imagination to make sense of both narrative and expository texts. Fourth, readers use imagination to learn about self and others. Finally, readers benefit from instruction regarding the use of imagination to enhance reading. A compilation of instructional methods are presented. This analysis establishes the need for classroom instruction connecting imagination and literacy.

 


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Carole Pelttari, State University of New York: The College at Brockport

Carole Pelttari currently serves as Assistant Professor of Literacy Instruction at the College of Brockport, State University of New York. She taught elementary through middle school students for 20 years before entering higher education. She reads and imagines widely.

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2017-07-26

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Pelttari, C. (2017). Imagination and Literacy Instruction: A Content Analysis of Literature within Literacy-Related Publications. Language and Literacy, 18(3), 106-122. https://doi.org/10.20360/G20027

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