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Caribbean Journal of Education

Literature for Literacy Bringing It Home to Jamaica

Publication Date: 
April 1998

This article describes a literacy initiative for basic school children. It is about young children, teachers, and literature books for children in the basic schools in Zone 40, Clarendon, Jamaica. It is a grassroots project involving approximately 60 teachers in 34 basic schools who collectively teach about 2,200 children, 3-6 years of age. The purpose of this initiative was to infuse literature for children and related literacy strategies into a read-aloud programme to promote the literacy development of young children in the zone. We provide background about this literature-for-literacy initiative, a theoretical framework, a documentation of the project, and some preliminary results.

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