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Using Literature to Inspire Children

By: Breanna Forgione '18, student correspondent

Using Literature to Inspire Children
Photo Courtesy The Times-Tribune. Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of The Panuska College of Professional Studies, speaks to preschool children at The University of Scranton’s Learning Center in 2015.

If we use children’s literature to contextualize the complexity of our world for young people, we can grow the next generation of world leaders while also developing their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills,” said Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean of The Panuska College of Professional Studies, who recently gave a lecture titled “Using Children’s Literature to Teach Social Justice” to Northeastern Reading Association members.

The lecture contained interactive elements in working directly with children’s literature and breaking it down through content brainstorming and picture walks. Each attendee received a copy of Listen to the Wind, a children’s story written by Greg Mortenson and Susan L. Roth.

“You can make a difference. Show children how they can contribute to make the world fairer. Give children examples of when social justice is at work and when it’s not. Help children understand better a variety of cultures, types of people and situations,” Dean Pellegrino said at the event.

Read the original press release, here.

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