Teaching with Literary Reference Center

October's focus is best practices for reading on the screen in INFOhio's Monday Mini Lessons. Learn more about how to use informational text articles from Literary Reference Center to support reading digital text in remote teaching for middle and high school students. Literary Reference Center contains information on thousands of authors and their texts, including analyses of works from all time periods. Research authors such as James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Marilynne Robinson. Explore analyses of classics such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and contemporary literature like Atonement by Ian McEwan or Life after Life by Kate Atkinson.


In this Literary Reference Center mini lesson the standard focus is on the Ohio Learning Standards, English Language Arts, Reading Informational Text, Craft and Structure:

  • RI.11-12.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).
  • RI.11-12.5 Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the structure an author uses in his or her exposition or argument, including whether the structure makes points clear, convincing, and engaging.
  • RI.11-12.6 Determine an author’s perspective or purpose in a text in which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

 The Best Practices for Digital Reading components include:

  • Students should recognize and use digital tools while reading digitally to maximize comprehension.
  • Students should have a plan and prioritize outcomes before reading a digital text.
  • Digital text should be high quality (“high-quality writing, images, narration and audio support, as well as extensive navigational controls for interactivity.”) Cahill and McGill-Franzen, 2013.

Previous experience and an introduction to using Literary Reference Center or other EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Premier and Points of View Reference Center as tools for learning will be helpful for students throughout this lesson. 

Watch the October, Monday Mini Lessons: Using Literary Reference Center to Teach Best Practices for Digital Reading and reflect on how you can modify this lesson to use in your own teaching practice.

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