Children’s Literature: Developmental Stages Children go through a number of developmental stages. Erik Erikson suggests that there are eight states of development that all people go through. In each of these stages there is a crisis that the individual must resolve to move on to the next stage (Greene and Kropf , 2009, p.77). Children’s literature can be used to try to teach what they need to move through these developmental stages. For example, “Using Children’s Literature to Teach Social Skills” Katherine L. DeGeorge argues, “As a tool for teaching, stories provide easy and creative introductions to a topic” ( DeGeorge , 1998). For example, if you wanted to teach children about diversity, you can use books like David’s Drawings that show...The end:
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