The selection of children's literature for teaching values and ethics through use of art forms


Values and ethics taught through children's literature can be effective in helping develop good character in students. Actively involving children in learning through art forms helps increase meaning and understanding. Art forms such as creative dramatization, pantomime, creative interpretation, role playing, and reader's theater are concrete learning strategies that extend children's literature. With these hands-on strategies, the outcome is that children will remember the values learned through children's literature and apply them in their own life. This study is designed to select children's literature for teaching ethics and values through use of art forms.

The purpose is to answer the following questions: 1. Which children's literature can be used to teach ethics and values? 2. Of that literature (selected for #1), which children's literature can be used to teach ethics and values through use of art forms?

The methodologies used are a literature review of relevant research articles and an analysis of children's literature for elementary grade levels (k-6) related to this topic. In the studies reviewed, researchers examine ethics and values in children's literature and the use of art forms. First, books are selected that meet criteria for quality children's literature; then, criteria for ethics and values; finally, criteria for art forms. From the data and children's literature reviewed, specific examples of children's literature, with listed values and suggested art forms, are categorized by genre and presented as a selection of children's literature for teaching values and ethics through use of art forms.


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Thesis Completion





Williams, Karri


Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


College of Education

Degree Program

Elementary Education


Dissertations, Academic -- Education;Education -- Dissertations, Academic;Children's literature;Social values -- Study and teaching -- United States







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Open Access

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Honors in the Major Thesis

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