Oregon English Journal
Tsunamis, Elementary schools -- Curricula, Research -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs, Fiction -- Study and teaching (Elementary)
A description of a literature-based unit on tsunamis that uses the emotional connection of fiction as a stepping-stone to informational research. This unit uses literature circles to motivate curiosity in young readers about science. The emotional connection a reader has with fictional characters bridges fiction and nonfiction and makes nonfiction research more relevant. As is true in all learning, when students have an authentic reason to explore informational text, the learning becomes deeper and more lasting.
Ruben, B., Liles, B. (2008) Killer Waves, Fiction to Fact: Fiction to Inspire Nonfiction Research in the Intermediate Grade Classroom. Oregon English Journal, 30(2), 11-14.