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Welcome to the Longwood Literature Page!  

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    Looking for literature to assist you in teaching? Want to add spark to your lessons, make history come alive, use literature in teaching math concepts, and biographies to interest your students?  Look no further than the Longwood Literature Pages.  

    This project is the result of cooperation and collaboration among several publishers of children's books and faculty members in the Department of Education and Special Education and the Department of Social Work and Communication Disorders in Longwood University's College of Education and Human Services.

    It is our goal to facilitate the use of literature to reinforce and enhance instruction in today's K-12 classrooms.  Over 700 children's books have been donated by participating publishers.  Students in graduate courses in school library media write reviews of the books.  Undergraduate and graduate students write literacy lesson plans that use specific guided reading teaching techniques.   Adaptations to the lesson plans for special education students and for children with communication disorders are then written by students enrolled in SPED and CSDS courses at Longwood.

  This site allows searching by book title, book topic, author, illustrator, or Virginia Standard of Learning.  For example, you are able to search for a children's book by title, such as On the Trail of Lewis and Clark (Boyds Mills Press, 2002).  You can then view a book review and a lesson plan, with adaptations, to facilitate your use of this book in your classroom.  You are also able to search by topic, such as the Lewis and Clark Expedition or Presidents--United States, to find all books on the page that address that topic.  Other searches can be done by author such as Peter Lourie  or illustrator.  Finally, if you are a Virginia teacher, you are able to search by Standard of Learning to find all books on the page that might be useful in teaching a particular SOL.

    We would like to sincerely thank the following publishers for their participation in the project:  Boyds Mills Press, Compass Point Books, Holiday HouseLee & Low, and Polychrome.    

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    Should you have questions about the project or want to let us know how you are using this site, feel free to contact any of the following professors whose students are involved:                     

Dr. Audrey Church, Project Coordinator, Associate Professor of School Library Media
Dr. Peggy Agee, Instructor, Communication Disorders
Ms. Gayle Daly
, Instructor, Communication Disorders
Ms. Patricia Howe, Associate Professor of School Library Media
Dr. Ruth Meese, Professor of Education
Ms. Cindy Schmidt, Assistant Professor of School Library Media
Dr. Peggy Tarpley
, Associate Professor of Education
Dr. Barbara Williams, Assistant Professor of Education

Special thanks to Dr. Barbara Chesler, Associate Professor of Education, who founded and originally coordinated the project, and to Dr. Deborah Carrington, Associate Professor of Education, whose students contributed lesson plans.

Original Webmaster: Bridget McKeon
Database Construction:  Logan McKinley
Web Design and Consultant:  Billy Tucker
Graduate Assistants:  Matthew B. Prickett, Stephanie J. Foussekis, Daniel G. Trump
Page last updated
July 30, 2009


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