Creative Inquiry

Current Projects

The Jolly Postman Delivers: Dialoguing About Books With Children Through Letters, Blogs, & Vlogs


The Jolly Postman Delivers: Dialoguing about Books with Children Through Pen Pal Letters Creative Inquiry participants will have opportunities to read children’s picture books and tradebooks and dialogue through letters, book talks, blogs, and/or vlogs with students in elementary classrooms and libraries providing critical perspectives on quality children's literature. CI students will attend introductory sessions on picturebook characteristics and how to analyze picturebooks and tradebooks. Each group will learn ways to organize texts sets, critique, and model responses about books. Participants will write book talks, blogs or videotape vlogs on a regular basis throughout the semester. Groups will be based on data with early literacy or elementary level readers. Participants must enroll in ED 3970. This project will extend beyond one semester, for a minimum of two semesters.

Courses (See instructor for enrollment)

Creative Inquiry in EDHD (EDHD 3110 002)

Team Leader(s)

Susan Fullerton, PhDEducation & Human Dev
Koti HubbardTeacher Education


Fullerton, S. K., Hubbard, K., and McClure, E. L. (2016, December, accepted). First- graders’ re-descriptions of Ezra Jack Keats’ narratives: Transforming story worlds into social worlds through oral and written responses within read-aloud discussions and pen pal letters. Paper to be presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.
Fullerton, S. K., Hubbard, K., McClure, E. L., & Jordan, K. (2016, November, accepted). Interactive read-alouds and pen pals: Their use in a classroom and university collaboration to advocate for reading-writing connection. Session to be presented at the NCTE Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.
Fullerton, S. K., Hubbard, K., McClure, E. L., & Jordan, K. (2016, July). Story as “lived through” experience: First graders respond to Ezra Jack Keats’ Peter narratives. Research poster session presented at the International Literacy Association Conference, Boston, MA.
SC International Reading AssociationProposal to be submitted in September on Book Talks and Text Sets
International Literacy AssociationProposal submitted: Story as experience: First graders' responses to Ezra Jack Keats' Peter Narratives.

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