This articled describes ways in which teachers may use young adult and children's literature as touchstone texts to enhance children's ability to successfully navigate the transition process and develop literacy skills. An overview of the transition process is shared before turning to a discussion on the relationship between transitions and literacy. A bibliography of literature with themes related to topics surrounding transitions is included as a resource for educators. The article also provides a variety of instructional techniques that use touchstone texts to engage students in response to transition-related literature in order to promote growth in literacy. These techniques promote active engagement and include response to literature through art, characterization, technology-based activities, and writing.
Laverick, D., & Heider, K. (2014). Supporting students in transition through the use of touchstone texts for literacy instruction, PA Reads, 13(1), 23-29.