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Online Professional Development
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Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Sharron McElmeel
RDGED 703 930 January 4 - March 25, 2016
Description: Evaluation, selection, and teaching of literature in the elementary school language arts program with a focus on historically significant books, authors and illustrators writing for today's young readers. Discuss exciting new ways to integrate children's literature into curriculum activities.
The course will include criteria for evaluation and aids for selection of materials; determination of the reading interests, needs, and abilities of children; and reading, listening and viewing guidance in the classroom, in school and public libraries, as well as, a discussion of recent developments in contemporary literature for children through wide reading of the literature - including listening and viewing media.
If you are a classroom teacher, school library media specialist or reading specialist and haven't taken a recent children's literature update, this class is a must!
This course focuses on the following key areas in the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards
A free e-textbook will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
Galda, L., Sipe, L.R., Liang, L.A., and Cullinan, B.E. (2014). Literature and the Child, 8th Edition. Australia: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. ISBN: 9781133602071
If you prefer to read a hard copy of the textbook instead of reading via your computer or tablet, you may purchase the book from an online bookstore such as amazon.com. Be sure to allow for delivery time. NOTE the ISBN number and 8th edition.
In addition to the textbook, participants will be asked to read widely in the area of children's literature. Specific titles will not be required, but readings on each topic or genre will be required to successfully participate in the class discussion.
Additional recommended articles will be available via the course website.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
Course objectives are aligned with the following teaching standards:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 1, 4, 7
Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.
The School of Education reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements.
"The Children's Literature in the Reading Program online course is extremely useful for any teacher wanting to know how and which books to use to promote reading and improve literacy in the classroom. Sharron McElmeel is nothing short of an expert. You could not want a better guide to navigate you through the giant maze that is children's literature."
~ Margaret Cox 5th & 6th Grade Literature Teacher
House of Stankevich School, Moscow, Russia
"This class had a huge influence on me. I'm reading as many books in our school library as possible to share with students. I'm offering a reader's workshop and made arrangements with my principal to keep our school library open during the summer school hours."
~ Laurine Karstens, GT/RtI
"This course has been a wonderful introduction to my graduate school experience. I have enjoyed the format and the clarity of the course, as well as the communication and information."
~ Leah Le Clair, 2nd Grade Teacher
"Teaching Children's Literature in the Classroom is an energizing and wonderfully guided journey through both contemporary and classic children's literature. Sharron McElmeel's expertise in the field abounds, and the activities are certainly applicable to classroom practice. Dialogue with colleagues is engaging and relevant to current teaching topics surrounding children and what they are reading. Don't miss this class!"
~ Sadie Sveum, Elementary Teacher
"I have always loved teaching all areas of language and have been interested in getting a reading specialist or add-on certificate for quite some time. The opportunity to earn this credit online is just what I have been waiting for."
~ Heather Knight, First Grade Teacher
"Not only do I have a wish list for new books but also I have discovered books in my collection. I have a more critical eye about multicultural books and activities along with a better grasp on whether a book is historical fiction or a misrepresentation of a historical event. I found this class encouraged me to use that enjoyment of literature and share it with others."
~ Naomi Gelfand, Media Specialist
School of Education
Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751