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Success Stories: Life Skills Through Literature, January 1997


How to Use this Publication:

Success Stories is intended as an introduction to the theory and practice of using literature to teach life skills to persons who are or have been incarcerated. It is not intended as an exhaustive resource but as a springboard to further investigation by interested teachers and administrators as to the why and how of utilizing literature as an educational tool.

Readers will find three separate sections, each authored by a different practitioner who has used literature in a particular environment, with a particular audience, in a particular fashion. Each section contains three elements:

The publication has been structured in this way to provide readers a variety of options, as well as to illustrate the versatility and universal appeal of good books.

Toward the end of the publication, you will find a matrix of suggested readings which includes, for each work, a description of relevant themes and instructional tips. For those readers who are already using literature, this section, along with the bibliography following it, may be of greatest value. For others who are new to the idea of using literature in lieu of or in combination with other life skills materials, it may be helpful to read the publication in its entirety.

If you know of other practitioners who might find Success Stories useful, additional copies can be ordered, free of charge, from:

Office of Correctional Education
Office of Vocational & Adult Education
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, S.W.
MES 4529
Washington, D.C. 20202-7242
(202) 205-5621

Please also feel free to duplicate this publication and distribute it on your own.

[Biographies] [Table of Contents] [Foreword]